HPU students to hold prayer service for Sandy victims

Streets under the Manhattan Bridge are flooded in the Dumbo section of Brooklyn, N.Y. (AP Photo)

Streets under the Manhattan Bridge are flooded in the Dumbo section of Brooklyn, N.Y. (AP Photo)

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Officials said students at High Point University plan to hold a special prayer service for those affected by Hurricane Sandy at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the school’s Hayworth Chapel.

“Our extended HPU family members live across the country and many live and work in the path of Hurricane Sandy. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of them,” said HPU President Dr. Nido Qubein, in a prepared statement.

Sandy claimed at least 21 lives across the United States, bringing the total number of deaths to at least 89 after the storm wreaked havoc in the Caribbean.

More than 7.5 million customers shivered without electricity in 15 states and the District of Columbia in Sandy’s chilly wake.