Next week will mark the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. The storm was the worse ever to hit New York, New York City and New Jersey. The statistics on the Hurricane are astounding. Over 150 people died in those areas. The damage from the storm was $68 billion making it the second worse disaster to every hit the United States. Only Hurricane Katrina did more damage.
In New York:
-Near two million people were without power.
-Seven subway tunnels under the East River were flooded
-The Battery, Holland and Midtown Tunnels were totally flooded.
-Entire sections of Lower Manhattan were flooded by the record storm surge of 14 feet.
-Waves were measured at 32 feet in New York Harbor.
-Severe gas shortages hit the area and rationing was implemented by government.
-Two hospitals were closed and flooded.
-The New York Stock Exchange was closed for two days.
-New York City Schools were closed for four days.
-Over 100,000 homes were destroyed and severely damaged.
-The Stature of Liberty and Ellis Island were heavily damaged in the storm
-Over 100 homes were burned down in Breezy Point
-250,000 vehicles were destroyed by the storm.
In New Jersey:
-It was the worse disaster in New Jersey's history
-over 350,000 homes were destroyed or severely damaged.
-two million people lost power.
-the highest recorded wind in NJ history of 90mph
-Atlantic City Casinos were closed for three days.
-damage was $36.8 billion.
-almost every boardwalk suffered heavy damage
-the Palisades Medical Center had to be evacuated.
-The city of Hoboken was totally flooded and the National Guard to be called for rescues.
-Rivers and inlets felt the record storm surge and flooded inland.
-14 homes burned down in Mantoloking
-the rail operations center of NJ Transit flooded and 64 engines and 257 rail cars destroyed.