14 Facts About Hurricane Sandy


The eighteenth named storm, tenth hurricane, and second major hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, Sandy was a Category 3 storm at its peak intensity when it made landfall in Cuba, though still caused major damage as a Category 2 hurricane off the coast of the Northeastern United States.

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Hurricane Sandy moved slowly northward toward the Greater Antilles and gradually intensified.

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On October 23, 2012, the path of Hurricane Sandy was correctly predicted by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts headquartered in Reading, England nearly eight days in advance of its striking the American East Coast.

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Jim Cisco of the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center coined the term "Frankenstorm", as Hurricane Sandy was expected to merge with a storm front a few days before Halloween.

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Direct Relief provided medical supplies to community clinics, non-profit health centers, and other groups in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, and mapped pharmacies, gas stations, and other facilities that remained in the New York City area despite power outages.

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Scientists at the University of Utah reported the energy generated by Hurricane Sandy was equivalent to "small earthquakes between magnitudes 2 and 3".

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In South Florida, Hurricane Sandy lashed the area with rough surf, strong winds, and brief squalls.

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Hurricane Sandy caused closures and cancellations of some activities at schools in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

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Storm surge from Hurricane Sandy caused flooding and beach erosion along coastal areas in South Florida.

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Hurricane Sandy's rain became snow in the Appalachian mountains, leading to blizzard conditions in some areas, especially West Virginia, when a tongue of dense and heavy Arctic air pushed south through the region.

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Intense flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy proved to be too much for water treatment infrastructure on the East Coast of the United States.

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Hurricane Sandy aimed to address communities' most urgent needs, and to identify innovative and enduring solutions to strengthen the State's infrastructure and critical systems.

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Destruction of physical infrastructure as a result of Hurricane Sandy cost impacted states, including New York and New Jersey, tens of billions of dollars.

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New Jersey hospitals saw a spike in births nine months after Hurricane Sandy, causing some to believe that there was a post-Hurricane Sandy baby boom.

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