Sandy: The Aftermath of the Storm

Scientific American

Sandy was an extreme weather event of historic proportions, causing more than 100 U.S. fatalities and creating an estimated $30 billion to $50 billion in economic losses.

The "frankenstorm" made landfall in New Jersey at 8 p.m. on Monday. By then it had already struck Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

With maximum windspeeds of 74 mph, Sandy swept up the coast, prompting the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of residents to shelters outside flood zones. Public officials in New York City and Washington, D.C., shuttered major transportation systems and urged residents to stay indoors.

Though Sandy was downgraded to a tropical storm Tuesday evening, the destruction was already calamitous. Fires devastated Queens, N.Y., and much of New Jersey, floodwaters continued to make transportation difficult and millions struggled to cope without electricity.

Sandy's tirade officially ended on Nov. 1, according to reports from the National Weather Service. However, there's no rest in sight for volunteers and rescue workers who are trying to mitigate the damage. This slide show details the aftermath of the storm.

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