Hurricane Sandy Facts
President Barack Obama has termed Hurricane Sandy as a major disaster in New York and New Jersey. More than 8.2 million people were rendered powerless. Hurricane Sandy has killed at least 33 people in the US and Canada, which include ten deaths in New York. A record 13 feet storm surge was seen in the lower Manhattan. As many as 15,000 flights were canceled, schools and offices were shut. NYU Hospital lost backup power. Firefighters were seen working in full swing in the face of 80 homes which were razed in Breezy Point. It is believed that the financial damages from Hurricane Sandy would be anywhere between $12 and $20 billion.
The super-storm blew the wind out of the presidential campaign with Obama cancelling the third day of campaigning events. Republican Mitt Romney who had cancelled for two days resumed his campaign but kept the mood in Ohio as a ‘storm relief event’.
Hurricane Sandy Death Toll and Financial Damages
Nearly 8.2 million people across New England, West Virginia, New Jersey and New York woke up to no electricity. New York City wore a deserted look with all modes of travel closed. Hurricane Sandy ravaged angrily, unleashing strong winds and heavy rain leading to a death toll of 39. People who died were New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina and West Virginia. 10 people have died in New York States while 5 died in Pennsylvania and 5 in New Jersey. Sandy had killed 69 people in the Caribbean before entering the United States.
At this point, the financial damages from Sandy is cited to be anywhere between $10 billion to $30 billion, with $10 billion in damages and $20 billion in lost businesses. Easily, Hurricane Sandy is one of the world’s costliest disasters.
Hurricane Sandy Effects in New York City and New Jersey
10 people died in New York. A huge fire broke raging 100 homes in a flooded beachfront in Queens with firefighters indulging in daredevilry to save people. The backup generator in New York University’s Tisch Hospital failed and 200 patients were evacuated. 20 babies from the neonatal intensive care unit were carried down staircases and were administered battery-powered respirators. A construction crane hung dangerous 74 floors above the streets of mid-town Manhattan. In Staten Island, a tanker beahc was stranded on the shore. Authorites state that it may take at least one week for electricity to be restored to people in and around New York City.
New Jersey suffered the worst damage with wind speed of 80 miles per hour. The police rescue teams and fire fighting officials were busy trying to rescue hundreds of people trapped in buildings and offices.
Governor. Chris Christie said. “The devastation on the Jersey Shore is some of the worst we’ve ever seen. The cost of the storm is incalculable at this point.”
Effects of Hurricane Sandy in other areas
Waves in southern Lake Michigan were seen rising up to 20.3 feet, trees were uprooted in Cleveland and winds at the speed of 60 miles per hour closed officials to close the Maine Port. West Virginia was subjected to blizzards with more than 2 feet of snow in some places. There was snow storm in Western Marlyand
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