Sandy by the numbers: a grim picture

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Superstorm Sandy set lots of records but not the kind you want. Here is a look in brief at this massive megastorm of a generation.

• Number of people without power: about 8 million (source: New York Times).

• Number of deaths: more than 59 nationwide, with at least 22 in New York City. Sandy also claimed at least 65 victims in the Caribbean.

• Height of storm surge at the Battery in Lower Manhattan: about 14 feet.

• Amount of snow that fell in a blizzard in parts of West Virginia: more than 2 feet.

• Number of homes burned to the ground in Breezy Point, Queens: at least 111, making it one of the worst residential fires in New York City history (source: NYT).

• Estimate of insured losses to onshore properties in the United States: between $7 billion and $15 billion, according to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide. Other estimates put it as high as $20 billion.

• Number of small rail cars carried by tidal surge onto the New Jersey Turnpike: 24 (source: NYT). “The level of destruction at the Jersey shore is unthinkable,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told CNN.

• Wind gusts: Top gust of 139 mph, Mount Washington, N.H.; 90 mph in Islip, N.Y., and Tompkinsville, N.J.; 84 mph at Plum Island, N.Y.; 83 mph in Cuttyhunk, Mass.; 76 mph in Groton, Conn (sources: AIR Worldwide and NYT)

• Flights canceled nationwide: 18,000 plus (source: NYT).

• Inches of rain recorded in Wildwood Crest, N.J.: 11.91.

• New York’s Consolidated Edison utility called Sandy the “worst storm in our history.”


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