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#1- Hurricane Sandy


Staff writers
December 31, 2012 — The Weather Network counts down the 10 biggest weather stories of 2012. #1- Hurricane Sandy


The hurricane cut power, water and heat to millions of people
The hurricane cut power, water and heat to millions of people

Hurricane Sandy, also known as Super storm Sandy slammed into the U.S. Northeast the night of October 29th.

Despite having plenty of time to prepare, people in the hardest hit areas suffered miserably for weeks afterward. 

The hurricane cut power, water and heat to millions of people, while hundreds of thousands were displaced.

Here at home, repair crews from Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia were sent to help restore electricity. Despite the assistance, some customers did not see their power return for several weeks.

It was a monumental storm, affecting about one third of the United States in one form or another.

Sandy was so huge, blizzard warnings were issued in West Virginia, while hurricane warnings were posted for the coast. 

Storm surge combined with a high tide turned coastal New York, New Jersey and Connecticut into a major disaster zone. 

More than 100 people died, all within a 105 km radius of New York City. 

The devastation was unprecedented. 

Aerial assessments later showed that wind and storm surge destroyed or badly damaged more than 5,000 buildings in New Jersey alone. Another 900 buildings in New York City were in such bad shape, officials were considering mass demolition. 

More than 100 homes in Breezy Point were already gutted after the hurricane sparked an electrical fire there.

Sandy's ferocity was unleashed on the surface and underground. Sea water poured into the subway system, forcing city officials to run more buses so millions of commuters could get back to work. 

And then there were the gas shortages. Many stations couldn't pump fuel because the power was out. That resulted in long line-ups at the few that were operational.

Hurricane Sandy caused an estimated 60-billion dollars in damage, second only to Hurricane Katrina in magnitude and cost.

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