Amazing photos and information on the 8th anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, which brought wind gusts as high as 96 mph to Long Island and had more total energy than Katrina, Irma, Maria, and Andrew combined (see below):
- Central pressure at 940 millibars -- 27.76 inches - the lowest barometric reading ever recorded for an Atlantic storm to make landfall north of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The previous record holder was the 1938 "Long Island Express" Hurricane, which dropped as low as 946 millibars. - Caused an estimated $70.2 billion in damages; it was the second-costliest US storm behind Hurricane Katrina in 2005. - Directly responsible for at least 147 deaths in the Northeast United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. - The Battery, in New York City Harbor, had an observed water level of 13.88 feet, besting the previous record storm surge set by Hurricane Donna in 1960 by 3 feet. - Brought blizzard conditions to the central and southern Appalachians: 36” of snow fell in Richwood, West Virginia and also on Wolf Laurel Mountain, North Carolina. - 7.9 million businesses and households were without electric power in 15 states and the District of Columbia. - The New York Stock Exchange closed for 2 consecutive days, the first time this happened because of weather since 1888. - After taking a freakishly rare west-northwesterly track into New Jersey, Sandy's tropical-storm-force winds at landfall spanned 943 miles of the U.S. coast. No hurricane on record has been larger. - Hurricane force winds extended 175 miles out from Sandy's eye, making it much larger than most storms of its type. - Ten hours before landfall, at 9:30 am EDT October 29, the total energy of Sandy's winds of tropical storm-force and higher peaked at 329 terajoules—the highest value for any Atlantic hurricane in data going back to 1969, and more than the combined amount for Andrew, Irma, Maria, and Katrina. - Sandy's huge size prompted high wind warnings to be posted from Chicago to Eastern Maine, and from Michigan's Upper Peninsula to Florida's Lake Okeechobee—an area home to 120 million people. Sandy's winds simultaneously caused damage to buildings on the shores of Lake Michigan at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and toppled power lines in Nova Scotia, Canada—locations 1200 miles apart! - At least 110 homes burned to the ground in the Breezy Point neighborhood of Queens, New York.