Superstorm Sandy hammered the East Coast 5 years ago –

Five years ago, Hurricane Sandy, also called Superstorm Sandy, hammered the East Coast in October 2012.

The storm made landfall at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29, sending floodwaters pouring across the densely populated barrier islands of Long Island and the Jersey shore. In New York City the storm surge hit nearly 14 feet, swamping the city’s subway and commuter rail tunnels and knocking out power to the southern third of Manhattan.

Sandy affected 24 states from Florida to Maine but the most severe damage was in New York and New Jersey. The storm was blamed for at least 181 deaths in the U.S. – including 68 in New York and 71 in New Jersey – and property damage was estimated at $75 billion.

It was the second-costliest hurricane in United States history. Katrina was the costliest.



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