How Many People Died From Hurricane Sandy?

March 17, 2024

Hurricane sandy, also known as superstorm sandy, made landfall on October 29, 2012, causing massive flooding and power outages in New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The storm’s impact was compounded by a full moon that stoked sea levels, creating a deadly storm surge and paralyzing public transportation systems. In addition, the storm had a rare structure that allowed it to grow exceptionally large and to mix with cooler air. This transformed it into a post-tropical cyclone that was later dubbed “Superstorm Sandy” by media outlets and meteorologists.

The storm killed 149 people in the United States and the Caribbean. These deaths were caused by the storm’s wind, rain and storm surge. Those most directly impacted by the storm were in New York and New Jersey. In New York City, the most deaths occurred in Queens and Staten Island, where many residents were killed when their homes were submerged by rising water. In inland parts of New York and upstate New Jersey, falling trees were the most common cause of death.

The storm’s heavy rains also triggered massive floods in Haiti, killing at least 54 people and destroying hundreds of makeshift shelters built for survivors of the 2010 earthquake. Despite the overwhelming number of victims, many communities came together to support those impacted by the disaster. The City of New York, for example, set up 73 emergency shelters in the five boroughs. Other organizations, including World Vision, worked to help families impacted by the storm.


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