Hurricane Sandy, the largest Atlantic tropical system on record, is a late-season tropical cyclone that has affectedJamaica, Cuba, the Bahamas, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the eastern seaboard of the United States, and is currently affecting the area south of the Great Lakes Region of the United States, and Eastern Canada. The 18th tropical cyclone, 18th named storm, and 10th hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, Sandy developed from an elongated tropical wave in the western Caribbean Sea on October 22. It became a tropical depression, quickly strengthened, and was upgraded to a tropical storm six hours later. Sandy moved slowly northward toward the Greater Antilles and gradually strengthened. On October 24, Sandy was upgraded to a hurricane, shortly before making landfall in Jamaica. Upon moving farther north, Sandy re-entered water and made its second landfall in Cuba during the early morning of October 25 as a Category 2 hurricane. During the late evening of October 25, Sandy weakened to Category 1 strength; in the early hours of October 26, it headed north through the Bahamas. Sandy briefly weakened to a tropical storm in the early morning hours of October 27, then restrengthened to a Category 1 hurricane later that morning. Just before 8 a.m. on October 29, Sandy turned to the north-northwest and started to make its expected approach towards the U.S. coast, still maintaining Category 1 strength. Although the National Hurricane Center has not officially confirmed the location, at 5:46 PM local time, Accuweather announced it had come ashore in between Avalon and Sea Isle City in Cape May County, New Jersey. NOAA announced officially that the storm had come ashore at approximately 8:00 p.m. EDT 5 miles southwest of Atlantic City, NJ. On October 29, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. EDT, Sandy was declared a post-tropical cyclone. Sandy's impact on the United States stretched from Virginia to New England with tropical storm force winds stretching far inland and significant mountain snows in West Virginia. The cyclone brought a record-breaking storm surge to New York City on the evening of October 29, with numerous streets and tunnels flooded in Lower Manhattan and other areas of the city.
Hurricane Sandy is barreling up the northeastern coast of the United States building from 50MPH to daytime gusts of 89MPH by Tuesday, October 30, 2012. In the northeast, mandatory evacuations are planned on the New Jersey shore, Nassau County, Fire Island, parts of Connecticut and other areas of the northeast. Residents are being advised to prepare with sufficient water, food, clothing and a myriad of other basic … more
As the biggest storm to hit the US in recent century the superstorm Sandy is projected to cost billions to the Americans, especially badly affecting New York. As it is, major airports are closed and travelers are stuck, not to mention the financial and economic losses to having major bourses and businesses closed for two days and perhaps even more! The only consolation is that people are stuck indoor and hopefully able to mend their relationships and be more aware of one … more