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Hurricane Sandy (22 Oct 2012 – 2 Nov 2012)

by Vishal Kumar

Hurricane Sandy was a massive, destructive hurricane that hit the eastern coast of the United States in late October 2012. The storm caused significant damage in several states, particularly in the northeastern U.S.

Hurricane Sandy Path

Hurricane Sandy originated in the Caribbean Sea, made landfall in Jamaica and eastern Cuba, passed through the Bahamas, turned north and tracked up the eastern coast of the United States, made landfall near Brigantine, New Jersey, and continued north into Canada before dissipating. The storm caused significant damage and flooding in several states along the eastern coast, including North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and parts of Canada.

Hurricane Sandy Category

While the storm had been a Category 2 hurricane earlier in its life cycle, it had weakened significantly before making landfall and was no longer classified as a hurricane at the time it hit the U.S. East Coast. However, despite being classified as a post-tropical cyclone, Sandy still had hurricane-force winds and caused significant damage along the eastern coast of the United States. The storm’s strength and severity, regardless of its official classification, caused it to be one of the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history.

How Many People Died in Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy was responsible for the deaths of at least 233 people across eight countries. The vast majority of these fatalities occurred in the United States, with over 100 deaths reported in New York City alone. Many of the deaths in New York were due to flooding and high winds, while others were caused by carbon monoxide poisoning from generators or other sources of fuel used for heat and electricity during power outages. New Jersey also saw a significant number of fatalities, with more than 30 deaths reported in the state. Other states that were impacted by the storm, including Maryland, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania, also reported fatalities. While the death toll from hurricane was significant, it could have been even higher had it not been for the preparedness and emergency response efforts of government agencies and first responders in the affected areas.

Overall, Hurricane Sandy caused widespread damage along the eastern coast of the United States and in parts of Canada, with total damages estimated at over $70 billion.

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