Wednesday, October 31, 2012

How Sandy Compares to the Worst US Natural Disasters


This wind maps shows the spiral of post-tropical storm Sandy's winds at 9:59 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Oct. 29.  

The damage caused by superstorm Sandy in the United States is still being catalogued. But so far, it seems the storm will enter the pantheon of top disasters the country has ever faced.

"Make no mistake about it, this is a devastating storm, maybe the worst we have ever experienced," New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said today (Oct. 30).

Flooding caused major damage along the East Coast, but wind and fire contributed, too. According to Bloomberg, a single fire in Queens caused by the storm destroyed more than 80 homes. As of Tuesday morning, the storm's U.S. death toll had reached 38, according to the Associated Press, and more than 8.2 million people remained without power.

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