Hurricane Sandy, explained
Superstorm Sandy was actually several storms wrapped together, which made it one of the most damaging hurricanes ever to make landfall in the U.S.
A “raging freak of nature” is how National Geographic described Hurricane Sandy when it hit land in fall 2012.
From beginning to end, Hurricane Sandy's progression caused deadly flooding, mudslides, and destructive winds from the Caribbean to the U.S. East Coast. An unusual combination of hurricane conditions and cold fronts made Sandy particularly potent. In the nine days that Sandy raged, it killed 70 people in the Caribbean and almost 150 people in the U.S.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates Sandy caused at least $70 billion in damages, making it among the costliest storms in U.S. history.
Though Sandy is often described as an anomaly, for many it was a call to action. The disaster showed how vulnerable wider