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The largest storm on record, as measured by diameter with wind spanning out 1,100 miles.
How did it begin?
Superstorm Sandy began at 3pm on October 22nd when the National Hurricane Centre advised a tropical
depression to hit Kingston, Jamaica. The system developed from an
area of low pressure (as hurricanes begin), it moved slowly at first due
to a ridge to the north. Low wind shear and warm waters allowed for
strengthening ( providing energy and movement) and the system
became Tropical Storm Sandy late on October 22. Early on October
24, an eye began developing, and it was moving steadily northward due
to an approaching trough. Later that day, the NHC upgraded Sandy to
hurricane status about 65 mi (105 km) south of Kingston, Jamaica
It continued on a path shown by the image and when it began to slow
An image of the tropical path of Hurricane Sandy
down it made landfall about 5 miles (8 km) southwest of
Atlantic City, with winds of 90 mph (150 km/h).The remnants
weakened over Pennsylvania, degenerating into a remnant
trough on October 31.
The places which were affected and warned:
What were the effects of Hurricane Sandy?
Storm damage projected at £12bn in order to repair all
structures etc. that were destroyed.
Ten people in New York among the sixty suspected dead.
Many people were actually killed by falling trees due to the
force of the winds.
At least 7.4m properties across US East have lost power and
New York City could be without power for a week (as shown in
the diagram above).
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Record 13ft storm surge, Hundreds of thousands of people are without power in New York and the transit
system, schools, the stock exchange and Broadway are all out of action after a 13ft wall of water caused by
the storm surge and high tides brought severe flooding to subways and road tunnels.…read more