The Mexican government expressed its solidarity with all the communities hammered by Hurricane Sandy in the United States and said it was offering "consular protection to all the Mexicans who require it."

"Different assistance and consular protection measures are being taken for Mexicans living in the areas affected by the storm, which killed between 40 and 55 people in the United States, according to different estimates, and left 6.2 million people without electricity, the Foreign Relations Secretariat said in a statement.

Two people from Latin America - a Guatemalan who died in a traffic accident in Lynn, Massachusetts, and a Chilean man whose car was crushed by a falling tree in New York - died in the storm.

Hurricane Sandy made landfall Monday night near Atlantic City, New Jersey, packing maximum sustained winds of 125 kph (77 mph) and sending a powerful storm surge into coastal areas in New Jersey and New York.

President Felipe Calderon expressed his "condolences over the loss of life caused by Hurricane Sandy" in a Twitter posting and offered his support to the United States, Canada and Caribbean countries affected by the storm.

President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto said in a Twitter posting that he regretted the deaths caused by the storm and hoped that Sandy would "not cause more damage." EFE