The 900-mile-wide Superstorm Sandy left a huge swath of damage
when it hit the Northeast last week, claiming at least 106 lives in the United
States and two in Canada after earlier killing 67 around the Caribbean.
Worst-hit New York state suffered 48 deaths, including 41 in New York City.
Twenty of those were in Staten Island. As communities grapple with the human
toll, the price of the damage is stunning: between $30 billion and $50 billion,
according to disaster modeling firm EQECAT. As millions will attest, the
headaches are far from over.
In New Jersey, Sandy cut off barrier islands, swept houses
from their foundations and washed amusement pier rides into the ocean. It also
wrecked several boardwalks up and down the coast, tearing away a section of
Atlantic City's world-famous promenade. A huge swell of water swept over the
small town of Moonachie, and authorities struggled to rescue about 800 people,
some of them living in a trailer park. Police and fire officials used boats to
try to reach the stranded.
In New York, the storm sent a
nearly 14-foot surge of seawater, a record, coursing over Lower Manhattan's
seawalls and highways and into low-lying streets. The water inundated tunnels,
subway stations and the electrical system that powers Wall Street. A large
tanker ship ran aground on the city's Staten Island. In Queens, nearly 200
firefighters tried to contain an enormous blaze that consumed more than 80
homes in the Breezy Point neighborhood. They had to use a boat to make rescues
and climbed an awning to reach about 25 trapped people.
In West Virginia, Sandy also brought blizzard conditions to the Appalachian region with more than 2 feet of snow in some places with major power outages. Some snowfall totals from the storm as of midday Tuesday include 26 inches at Redhouse, MD;
22.9 inches at Davis, WV; 13 inches at Champion, PA; 12 inches at Lynch, KY;
8.4 inches at Burkes Garden, VA; 5.6 inches at Boone, NC.