Sandy Devastates U.S East Coast

Nov 5, 2012 By Deepa Gopal

Historic boardwalk in Seaside Height, NJ damaged

She claimed 59 lives in the Caribbean, swept across Cuba, and then instead of veering east into the Atlantic -- Sandy, a category 1 hurricane, headed toward the U.S North-east.

Evacuation orders were given. New York city's subways, buses and trains were suspended. President Barack Obama cut short his campaign trip to return to the capital to monitor the situation. Sandy had developed into a storm of epic proportions. And when she hit the shores of New York and New Jersey, nothing could escape her fury.

A Superstorm

We had written here about how hurricanes form. Any hurricane which take a similar path to Sandy usually gets weaker as it runs into cool ocean water and unfavorable winds. However, record temperatures and drought-like conditions in the U.S over summer have resulted in more moisture than usual over the seas.

Path of hurricane Sandy

As Sandy built-up strength from this moisture, she collided with a cold weather system from Canada and turned into a superstorm. This type of storm -- which builds on the pressure difference between a warm and cold front, is quite rare. Sandy had grown into a 'Frankenstorm' and was nearly 1,000 miles wide when it hit land. To make matters worse, the storm coincided with the full moon, when ocean tides are 20% higher than normal. This caused the winds to push more water into low-lying areas. 

The Recovery

With 100 people dead, 8.5 million left without power, 20,000 flights stranded and $20 billion in damage -- Sandy is ranked among the worst storm disasters to hit the U.S. One of the most visible signs of struggle in the aftermath of Sandy is fuel shortage and long lines snaking at gas stations.

Courtesy Washington Post

While water has started receding, many homes are uninhabitable leading to one of the worst housing crisis in many cities. The local governments have been doing their best to clean up neighborhoods, provide food assistance, and restore electricity. However nearly 2 million are still without power -- and a cold front is expected later this week. 

Under pressure from the public, Michael Bloomberg, New York City's mayor called off the New York marathon that was to be held last Sunday. For the runners gathered in the city, it was disappointing for some had come from countries such as Germany and Italy. Everyone instead pitched in to help the storm victims. 

With election a day away, voters in New Jersey can now cast their ballot via email or fax instead of driving to polling places. Hurricane Sandy has also put the issue of climate change and global warming back in the spotlight. How will Sandy shape the elections? We will know on Tuesday, November 6.

cupcakequeen   3 years ago

right now, they are in a desperate situation. i hope they recover..

Cristian (not verified)   3 years ago

people dont have homes

sarab   3 years ago

I hope they recover fast.

stormr   3 years ago

Please be ok

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caitlinw2   3 years ago

OMG! Most of my family members live in NY! I hope they are all OK! My couisins had no power for 2 days, and no schoolfor whole week. My grandma and aunt were perfectly fine, although my aunt had to wait in lne for gas for 7 hrs. By the time it was her turn for gas, they had run out. Go away hurricane sandy!

sarab   3 years ago

I'm so sorry for your family that they where out of power for two days.

bryannahb   3 years ago

No gas, No food, or no shelter

cupcakequeen   3 years ago

that's really sad

sarab   3 years ago

I hope everyone is going to be ok.

bryannahb   3 years ago

me too they must be hurt about everything

brookek   3 years ago

I feel bad for the people who got hurt . I hope it gets better for them .

bryannahb   3 years ago

me too

yulisa (not verified)   3 years ago

I wonder what will happen to the people what will they do. I wonder if the lights will come back or stay the same .They need food and water to drink and eat. People came from so far to live there and its already happening something dangerous . this is all i have.

shyanna (not verified)   3 years ago

many people do not have home. THEY ALSO DO NOT have food.

Enduardo (not verified)   3 years ago

A storm has hit New York.The storm has left them with out any light.So that means that the food insid the refrigerator gets rotten because it dosen't work.The people in New York have no gasoline. New York has to get ready for another storm that's coming next week.

cristal (not verified)   3 years ago

It bad because they can go out side somebody need to give them food. Some people said that the hurrican is 1 of the hurricans that is headed toward the U.S North-east.Any hurrican who take a similar path to sandy usually get weaker as it run into cool ocean water and unfavorable winds;D.

Roxanna (not verified)   3 years ago

Wow poor people thay had no light and had to go 6 miles for gas. And it was nice of sandy to help. And with 100 people dead that was sad. Sad story i which hope never happens agin. And that they can fix your light .

gladys serna (not verified)   3 years ago

they had to move people from their homes. they knock on their doors and give them food but some people die. They had to live in new york.

Ruby sims (not verified)   3 years ago

the old people have like no water or ligts and their is six miles away for gas I thank it's going to new york agarn and the people have to go to door to door because the old people could not go down stars becuse thay will fall down with out ligts.

pedro (not verified)   3 years ago

in new york it is really bad for people if they are old and cant walk

loria rivas (not verified)   3 years ago

poor people.

raul (not verified)   3 years ago

Wow, a storm has hit new york.

loria rivas (not verified)   3 years ago

poor people they have no homes. no food. no water.there cold there scared mabe because no one is looking for them mabe.

devinb   3 years ago

wow, a very big storm

Cecil   3 years ago

I don't want to live in new york.

daltonw2   3 years ago

I hope hurricane sandy dosen't come our way.

bryannahb   3 years ago

me too live oak would be ruined

qwerty (not verified)   3 years ago

OH NO!!! Poor people!

tyreet   3 years ago

that was a good article but i feel bad for the people that was the reck.

jooshua (not verified)   3 years ago

this waas a good article and interesting

OSS (not verified)   3 years ago

Why can't Sandy just die

bkj (not verified)   3 years ago

really, you guys think that is cool, I looked at the weather this morning and the east coast is going to be caught between storms Athena and Sandy. Now think, if you were there with no way out would you think it is awesome.

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Sejal (not verified)   3 years ago

Love it

Tressa   3 years ago

I hope you don't mean the devastation.

Tressa   3 years ago

Wow 6 miles for gas! And its getting colder wouldn't it be a little bit cold with no heat?! Poor people.

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