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Hurricane Sandy: Coverage of the Storm and its Aftermath
Published: October 1st, 2013
By Climate Central
Ben Strauss on CNN with Anderson Cooper
Ben Strauss on NBC Nightly News
Superstorm Sandy — part hurricane, part fearsome nor’easter, the result of a bizarre confluence of events — battered the Eastern U.S. in October 2012. The storm brought a record storm surge to New York City and the New Jersey Shore, severely damaging coastal communities and shutting down mass transit throughout the New York metropolitan area. In addition, it caused 159 fatalities and caused an estimated $65 billion in damage according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The aftermath drove home the vulnerability of coastal cities like New York to sea level rise and storm surge. It also sparked a national conversation about how to better prepare the U.S. for extreme weather and climate events, some of which are becoming more frequent and severe as a result of the warming climate.
Climate Central is chronicling the science of Sandy and the discussion it started. View our archive of past and present coverage: