Aftermath of Superstorm Sandy

Hurricane Sandy
Hurricane Sandy

The historic storm, that made landfall at 6:45 p.m. ET Monday, hurled a wall of water up to 13 feet high at the Northeast coast. It surged into Lower Manhattan and regions of Brooklyn, submerging entire roads and parks. A record tide of 13.88 feet was set at The Battery in Lower Manhattan on Monday night, smashing the previous record of 11.2 feet in the year 1821.

Till now following are Costliest Storms to hit US East Cost:

A list of the 10 costliest Atlantic cyclones to hit the U.S. mainland since 1900. Figures not adjusted for inflation.

Rank    Name                                  Year     Damage

1           Katrina Category 3                2005     $108 billion

2          Ike Category 2                        2008     $29.5 billion

3          Andrew Category 5               1992       $26.5 billion

4         Wilma Category 3                  2005      $21 billion

5         Ivan Category 3                      2004      $18.8 billion

6         Charley Category 4                2004      $15.1 billion

7         Rita Category 3                      2005      $12 billion

8        Frances Category 2                2004     $9.5 billion

9        Allison Tropical storm          2001      $9 billion

10      Jeanne Category 3                 2004      $7.7 billion

Aftermath of Superstorm Sandy
Aftermath of Superstorm Sandy

Details of the damage became clearer late Tuesday after authorities made their way through seriously damaged locations across 20 states stretching from New England to Tennessee:

  • 56 people were found to be killed in the U.S., 28 of them in New York – which includes 20 in New York City. 7 people have been killed in New Jersey, as well as 5 in Pennsylvania; 5 in Connecticut; 2 each in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia; and 1 each in North Carolina and Puerto Rico. Before it made its way north, Sandy was blamed for 68 other deaths in the Caribbean.
  • Over 6.6 million houses and businesses were without having electricity, about two-thirds of them in New York and New Jersey. That number represents personal structures, including large businesses, which means the number of people without light, heat or refrigeration is probably much higher.
  • The New York region’s international airports were shut down Tuesday. JFK International and Newark Liberty will open early Wednesday and offer minimal services; LaGuardia will remain shut down “because of extensive damage.” Over 18,000 flights have been canceled, whilst Amtrak canceled all of its Northeast Corridor rail services Tuesday, along with several other lines.
  • Subway service was impossible to resume for 4 – 5 days, but free bus service had resumed on a Saturday schedule, and about 4,000 cabs were operating on city streets. PATH train services among Manhattan and New Jersey is likely to be suspended for 7 to 10 days.
  • The Metropolitan Transportation Authority reported that the South Ferry subway train station was “flooded up to the ceiling,” while each tube of the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel – better known as the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel – was filled with 43 million gallons of water.
  • At least 4 towns in north New Jersey had been submerged by around 6 feet of water after a levee broke.
  • A half-dozen nuclear power plants were closed or otherwise affected, while the country’s oldest facility announced an unusual “alert” following the record storm surge pushed flood waters high enough to endanger an important cooling system.
  • Main U.S. stock exchanges were closed Tuesday for a second day, but they prepared to reopen Wednesday.

Hurricane Sandy hit the mountains of West Virginia and North Carolina with full-blown blizzards, part of a storm-generated snow system extending as far west as Kentucky and Ohio, where several inches of snow fell in Champaign Region.

Authorities said the 14 to 16 inches that blanketed Newfound Gap, on the Tennessee-North Carolina line, was considered to be biggest October snowfall on record. Parts of eastern Virginia were under a blizzard alert through Wednesday morning, with snowfall at 1 to 2 inches an hour predicted.

Over 5.3 million customers throughout the eastern United States were still in the dark Wednesday, down from the nearly 8 million who lost power soon after the Hurricane Sandy hit.

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