Hurricane Sandy Facts

by sandyspider

Hurricane Sandy is known as the storm of the century and causing more damage than Hurricane Katrina. Residents on the East Coast of the United States will be rebuilding for years.

Hurricane Sandy made history with its unique turn as it slammed into the Atlantic Coast. Normally a tropical storm will hit east and then turn northeast back out to the Atlantic Ocean. What made this storm different than the rest is that instead of moving out towards the ocean, it took a western turn more inland prior to moving north.

Global warming and climate change could have played a role in this super storm.

Famous landmarks like Coney Island destroyed to where the future of ever rebuilding and opening it up again looks bleak.

Hurricane Sandy Oct. 28, 2012

NASA's Earth Observatory
Hurricane Sandy Oct. 28, 2012
Hurricane Sandy Oct. 28, 2012
NASA's Earth Observatory

Ten Facts of Hurricane Sandy

Below are ten of many unique fact of Hurricane Sandy

1. Super storm Sandy has been labeled by meteorologist as the worse storm of the 21st Century. The largest tropical storm in the Atlantic and early 1000 miles wide across. The winds gusting up to 90 mph as it hit the Atlantic Coast. 

2. Hurricane Sandy is the tenth hurricane of the 2012 season. 

3. Nicknames of this disastrous storm: "Frankenstorm," "Blizzacane," "Snor-eastercane," and "Superstorm Sandy." "Post Tropical Cyclone Sandy" is the official name from the National Hurricane Center. 

4. The surge of water from Hurricane Sandy, hit Battery Park at 13.88 feet on Monday, October 29, 2012. This broke the record of 10.02 feet water level in 1960, set by Hurricane Donna. 

A record of a 32.5-foot wave, measured by a buoy near the New York Harbor, this was 6.5 feet taller than Hurricane Irene in 2011. 

5. Thousands left homeless in the United States on the East Coast. Millions of residents are without power late October to the early week of November 2012. 

6. About 150 died from this horrific storm. 

7. Total storm damage is in the billions of dollars. It is estimated to be as much as $30 billion in lost businesses and $20 billion in residential property damage. 

8. The damage to the East Coast far exceeds the damage cost wise compared to Hurricane Katrina. 

9. For the first time in 108-year-history of the New York subway system, the transit system had to shut down due to flooding. 

10. The New York Stock Exchange closed their doors for two straight days with no trading. The last time this happened was 1888 for weather related reasons.

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Hurricane Sandy: Super Storm Slams East Coast States

Was Sandy the Worst Hurricane to Hit the United States?

Ten Deadliest Storms

Though known as the worst hurricane of the 21st Century, it is not the worst to have hit the United States. 

The death toll is minimal compared to all the hurricanes that hit the states. The hurricane that breaks this record among all others is a hurricane that hit Galveston, Texas in 1900. With 145 mph winds, this hurricane killed 8,000 people. The cost of the damage would equal to over $113 million in today's dollars. 

The most costly hurricane in U.S, history is Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Up to $108 billion in damage in Alabama, Florida Panhandle, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, The Greater New Orleans was hit the worst.

The ten deadliest storms listed below with the death toll of those who lost their lives.  The Great Labor Day Storm of 1935 provided the setting for the movie Key Largo, staring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.







Galveston, Tex.





Lake Okeechobee, Fla.





Katrina (La./Miss.)





Florida Keys/S. Tex.





New England





Florida Keys





Audrey (SW La./N. Tex.)










Grand Isle, La.





New Orleans, La.





Galveston, Tex.




Updated: 05/09/2020, sandyspider
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DerdriuMarriner on 09/25/2018

sandyspider, Thank you for the practical information and product lines that always encourage revisits! How did you fare with Hurricane Florence?

sandyspider on 03/04/2017

DerdriuMarriner, it was a serious Hurricane. Changed many lives.

DerdriuMarriner on 03/02/2017

sandyspider, I was inland but not far enough to escape the extensive East coast effects. The stock exchange closing tells the seriousness of Hurricane Sandy.

sandyspider on 12/18/2014

LadyGuinevere I am sure that there will be worse storms to come.

LadyGuinevere on 12/18/2014

Yes it was a pretty bad storm but not the worst by far and it might not be in the future.

Mira on 11/15/2012

I see. Thank you, Sandy!

sandyspider on 11/14/2012

Mira, Hurricane Sandy went all the way up to Canada. Though it was more of a storm by time it hit there. New Jersey and New York were the worst hit.

Mira on 11/14/2012

So I understand New Jersey was hit the worst. How far up to East Coast was Sandy felt? Probably all the way, if it was felt in Ohio and Wisconsin . . .

sandyspider on 11/14/2012

katiem2, We even felt it in Wisconsin with a strong winds and colder weather right afterwards.

katiem2 on 11/14/2012

WOW very humbling images, video and facts about the most recent hurricane Sandy. I'm in Ohio and we felt the effects of this devastating storm. My most positive thoughts are with everyone touched by this tragic event. Good story coverage. :)K

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