Thursday, November 1, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Damage in North America

hurricane sandy photo credit:  NASA

In late October 2012, Hurricane Sandy caused unprecedented damage along North America's Atlantic Coast.

From North Carolina to Massachucetts, residents suffered loss of life, flooding, downed trees, power outages, fires, and other events. Early estimates of storm damage reached billions of dollars.

Along the coast, extensive beach erosion occurred, particularly in the Mid Atlantic. In many areas, fishing piers, marinas, boats, beach houses, and other marine properties were damaged or destroyed.

Some of the worst damage occurred in New Jersey and New York where entire communities were overwashed or flooded. In some areas, the storm ignited fires which destroyed homes and businesses.

The storm's size, ferocity, and timing resulted in a number of nicknames including Frankenstorm and Superstorm Sandy.

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