Sandy: The Deadly Aftermath of a Superstorm [Slide Show]
With high winds and record-breaking storm surges in some areas, Sandy has claimed more than 100 U.S. lives, caused billions of dollars in damages and stranded travelers across the country
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FULL MOON INTENSIFIES SURGE: A line of debris on 2nd and Bond streets in Gowanus, Brooklyn, indicates the highest point floodwaters reached during Tropical Storm Sandy. The high water mark is a result of Sandy's storm surge, which was intensified by the full moon.
EAST COAST OUT OF COMMISSION: Airports, trains and buses were also decommissioned in and around the New York City area as floodwaters inundated runways and roads. An estimated 20,000 commercial flights have been canceled so far, stranding travelers across the country.
STORM FLOODS SUBWAY: A massive storm surge, as high as 3.35 meters in some areas, flooded New York City subways and tunnels, according to the Metropolitan Transit Authority. Some estimates indicate that it could take months to clear out debris from the transit system.
SANDY STRANDS SAILORS: A tugboat braves the choppy waters of the Hudson River near West Harlem. Some ships and boats on the high seas didn't fare much better. Large waves and harsh winds forced an emergency evacuation of the HMS Bounty when it started taking on water about 145 kilometers off the North Carolina coast. The Coast Guard saved 14 people and recovered the body of a 42-year-old woman. Rescue workers were unable to find the ship's captain.
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ECONOMY TAKES A HIT: This boat was hurled onto the railroad tracks near Metro-North’s Ossining station in New York State during Sandy's initial surges. It was the storm's storm surges, rather than wind, that caused the most damage. The latest estimates put the economic losses from the storm at somewhere between $30 billion and $50 billion. The U.S. stock market was closed on Monday and Tuesday last week — the first time since the September 11 attacks in 2001.
POWER OUTAGES: More than 8.2 million people across 21 U.S. states were without power on Wednesday, October 31, according to Reuters. The outage was the biggest storm-related power failure in Con Edison's history, the company reported. Getting all Con Edison customers back online could take up to a week.
Millions of New York City residents awoke Tuesday morning to destroyed property, fallen debris and blocked roadways. This picture is only a single example of the storm's aftermath. Dozens of people were killed due to falling trees.
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