The devastating impacts from hurricane Sandy continue to affect the region three days since its landfall in New Jersey; although some places have regained power, many others still remain without power. Unfortunately, the upcoming weather pattern is not helping the hard hit areas from Sandy, as places without power will have to deal with a cold weekend with highs in the 40s to low 50s and lows in the 30s, which will additionally be followed by the potential for a storm next week. Click below to read the full post.
A full summary on Hurricane Sandy is expected to be posted towards the middle of November.
Several days after the historic hurricane Sandy made landfall in southern New Jersey, the full extent of its damage is gradually revealing itself. Millions of people lost power as a result of the storm, and while some places have regained power, many still remain without power. Many of the hardest hit areas will end up without power going into next week as well. Many communities remain devastated across the area with widespread flooding, downed trees and power lines, and a rapidly growing shortage of gas. The death toll continues to rise, and has exceeded 80 according to latest sources; 40 of those are from New York City, with just under half of the NYC deaths coming from Staten Island.
Sandy’s winds resulted in widespread damage across the area, with widespread gusts near and above 65-80 mph observed, getting as high as 96 mph in Eatons Neck and 90 mph in Islip, both in Long Island. Sandy’s significant storm surge caused extensive damage along the coasts of Long Island and New York City, with the worst damage found along the Jersey shore, where Sandy partially or entirely destroyed many attractions, ranging from boardwalks to amusement parks, with communities partially underwater and houses destroyed. Damage estimates continue to rise and are well into the tens of billions of dollars, with latest estimates placing Sandy as the 2nd costliest storm in US history, only behind hurricane Katrina. Through its devastation, Sandy has secured its place in history as one of the worst storms on record to affect both the NYC area and the United States. My thoughts and prayers go to those who were affected by this storm or know people who have been affected by the storm, and I’m wishing for those who were affected a quick return to normal lives.