The three-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy will be next week. SUNY Professor and Marine biologist Chris Gobler talks about the current impact due to the 2012 storm; the environment, and marine life in that area; and what Americans can expect for the future.
According to published reports, Sandy caused $62 billion in damages to the US and at least $315 million in the Caribbean. Its the nation’s most expensive storm since Hurricane Katrina, which caused $128 billion.
New York was most severely impacted due to damage to subways and roadway tunnels.
In New York and New Jersey, storm surges were 14 ft above the average low tide.
At the height of the storm, over 7.5 million people were without power. The government wants to prevent future disasters from storms by having electrical transformers in commercial buildings hauled to upper floors, the ability to shutter key tunnels, airports and subways, and more.
Hurricane Sandy was a post-tropical cyclone that swept through the Caribbean and up the East Coast of the United States in October of 2012. The hurricane began as a tropical wave in the Caribbean and quickly turned into a tropical storm in just 6 hours. It was upgraded to a hurricane on Oct. 24 when it reached 74 mph winds
The National Hurricane Center says that the tropical force winds extended 820 miles at their widest.
Sandy’s pure kinetic energy for storm surge and wave destruction potential reached a 5.8 out of 6 on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s scale. The death toll was 285, with 125 in the United States.
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