As we all know, Hurricane Sandy was, by far one of the most destructive and deadliest hurricanes to hit the Atlantic East Coast and other parts of the globe in 2012. Taking a total of 286 lives, 117 of which were right here in the U.S., Sandy goes down in the record books as one of the most costliest hurricanes in the history of the United States and in Long Island, NY.
Spreading tropical storm force winds that reached 100 miles per hour in some areas, the storm delivered a full range of devastating effects from wind, rain and floods to coastal surges and even blizzards. With some of the most devastating damages from Storm Sandy in 2012 occurring in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York, this “Super storm” and its devastating impact affected more than 12 of our states.
Causing massive destruction to homes and businesses, taking lives, and creating unforgettable destruction along its path, Sandy racked up extraordinary numbers and costs for cleanup. The destructive impact of Sandy included massive flooding of the subway system in New York, as well as flooding of all the road tunnels, with the exception of the Lincoln Tunnel, leading to Manhattan.
Even the New York Stock Exchange closed its doors and halted all trading for two consecutive days as Sandy tore through the city and both the Metro North Railway and the Long Island Railway ceased running for two days as well. Homes and businesses were destroyed by fire and massive portions of the city itself and the surrounding areas were without electricity for several days.
Hurricane Sandy resulted in $65 billion in damage here in the United States, with $18 billion of that damage hitting New York, and takes the number two ranking behind Hurricane Katrina. Causing death to more than 250 people (53 of the deaths occurred in New York) with the primary cause of death being death by drowning, destroying and critically damaging 650,000+ homes and over 250,000 vehicles and more than 300,000 businesses, Sandy left greater than 8.5 million customers without power in her aftermath.
FEMA and the NOAA reported that Super Storm Sandy set historical recorded water levels at Kings Point and Bergen Point, NY as well as the Battery in New York, as well as at Sandy Hook, New Jersey, and both New Haven and Bridgeport, Connecticut. As a result of the devastating destruction of Sandy, it was decided that flood maps would be updated. The flood maps were last updated 20 years prior to Sandy.
The governor of New York at the time, Andrew Cuomo, declared a state of emergency of all counties in the state and sought a pre-disaster declaration and federal assistance which was afforded the state when President Obama signed an emergency declaration for the entire state of New York.
The destruction, the cost, the emotional impact and the tragic devastation of Hurricane Sandy lead the World Meteorological Organization that assigns names to powerful tropical storms, including Atlantic hurricanes, to retire the name ‘Sandy,’ which, could be reused every six years, not only because the storm was so deadly and costly, but because the reuse of the name would be remarkably emotionally and sensitive to many.
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