Hurricane Sandy-The Frankenstorm

Hurricane Sandy on October 25, 2012, with winds of 90 mph and a pressure of 954 mbar (source:http://www.nnvl.noaa.gov/GOESEast.php)

It started on October 22nd, being labeled Tropical Storm Sandy. Nine days later, after affecting the Caribbean, the Bahamas, the USA, and Canada, and causing 178 fatalities, 22 missing persons, and an estimated $50 billion plus in damages, the storm finally dissipated.

Starting in the Caribbean, the storm quickly developed into a Category 1 Hurricane and made landfall in Jamaica. Moving on to Cuba, the storm picked up strength and became a Category 2 hurricane in time to strike Cuba. While on the move, the high winds and waves generated hit several other countries, including the still-recovering Haiti, where 54 people died and an estimated 200,000 were made homeless.

24 of the United States of America were affected in some way by Hurricane Sandy. Floods, storms, and power outages affected millions, and 106 deaths were caused along with the majority of the damages cost. If confirmed, it would make it the second-costliest Atlantic hurricane in history, the first being Hurricane Katrina.

As the storm dissipated, the remnants hit Canada, killing two people. Three days  on, the countries hit are still reeling from the damages and the pain, many still missing, millions still without power.

To those affected by the storm in any way,my thoughts are with you.

If you are able to, I would urge you to support the American Red Cross with this disaster, in any way possible. For more details, visit http://www.redcross.org/.

Thank you

Nicky

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