Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy 2012: Statistics & News

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New York and New Jersey awoke Tuesday to devastating flooding, power outages and scattered fires left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which cast broad swaths of the Northeast into darkness as it barreled ashore overnight and left at least 18 dead from Connecticut to North Carolina.1

Power remained out for roughly six million people, including a large swath of Manhattan. Bridges remained closed, and seven subway tunnels under the East River were flooded. Other mass transit service, including commuter rails, was also still suspended. The storm was the most destructive in the 108-year history of New York's subway system.2

Over the past week, Sandy has killed more than 80 people as it carved a path of destruction through the Caribbean. The storm made landfall close to Atlantic City in New Jersey on Monday at about 20:00 local time (midnight GMT), with winds of more than 80mph (129km/h). It collided with cold weather fronts from the west and north to create what some forecasters have dubbed a "Frankenstorm".3



  • 69 Carribbean casualties
  • 110 US casualties
  • 4.6 million without power across 13 states and DC
  • 139 mph - highest gust of wind - Mt. Washington, New Hampshire
  • 13.88 feet storm surge, Lower Manhattan
  • 12.55 in rainfall, Easton, Maryland
  • 29 hospitals with power outage, New Jersey
  • Estimated US $30-40 Billion in damage
  • 95,000 people registered for emergency houssing assistance in New York & New Jersey
  • 650,000 buildings without power one week after Sandy struck
  • 70 percent of crops destroyed in Haiti
  • 188,000 homes destroyed in Cuba
  • Statistics taken from – BBC and Los Angeles Times


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