Hurricane Sandy Damage Report

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Bellowing through the Northeastern coastal United States on Oct. 29 and 30, the catastrophic contradiction that was hurricane Sandy left a path of swift physical destruction and lingering social impact in her wake.

Despite being labeled a category one, the later dubbed super-storm caused approximately $50 billion in damages. This makes it the second most economically destructive storm in post WWII US history, behind hurricane Katrina, according to a Nov. 6 article in Forbes Magazine.

Impacting 23 states, this storm brought down power lines, trees, infrastructure and transportation systems, and accumulated a US death toll of over 110 people, in addition to killing 63 individuals in the Caribbean, according to a Nov. 3 article in the Los Angeles Times.

Hit the hardest were the coastal areas of New York, which accounted for 48 people of the death toll. Following this was New Jersey, 24, and Pennsylvania, 14, according to the article.

The storm stretched nearly 600 miles, created record high water levels and put more than 8 million people out of power, according to a Nov. 5 CNN article.

If hurricane Sandy was a country, it would have ranked as the 20 largest in the world, according to a Nov. 5 New York Times article.

Additionally, in New York, the NYC subway system faced the most extensive damage seen in the system’s 108 year history. The New York Stock Exchange closed for two consecutive days, the first time that has occurred due to weather since 1888, according to the article.

Occurring only a week before the presidential election, a major impact of the storm has been to voters within the affected areas. With so many polling stations left powerless and citizens left homeless without vehicles or gas to move them, voting in these areas were severely complicated.

Improvising, in order to attempt to avoid this storm impacting the election, communities set up make shift voting sites, email voting systems and allowance for citizens to vote at any polling site they could get to. Although the effectiveness of this imperfect system is a difficult thing to measure.

Relief efforts for the human and physical damages of the storm spurred throughout the country. As of Nov. 6, relief charities responding to communities struck by Sandy pulled together more than $92.3 million, according to a Huffington Post article.

The Red Cross dispensed more than 5,000 workers and 320 response vehicles towards the relief efforts, according to the New York Times. Additionally, more than 500 power workers from Alabama and at least 150 from the West Coast came to New York to assist in restoring power, according to the New York Times.

Individuals desiring to assist in relief efforts for storm victims can donate to a number of organizations pushing in the efforts. These include the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Feeding America, AmeriCares, World Vision and Save the Children.

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