Super storm Sandy is over. It's time to consign to history books a storm that reached 900 miles wide, carried winds speeds of more than 90 mph, caused billions of dollars in damage and claimed at least 55 lives.
"Thirty, 40, 50 years from now, people will be talking about Sandy," predicted meteorologist Eric Leister in an interview with The Times on Wednesday morning. There are a few infamous storms over the generations, he said, "For this generation, it's likely that Sandy will be that one that people will always be talking about."
The storm is drawing comparisons in the media to other huge East Coast storms from the past -- including the 1938 storm dubbed the Long Island Express. A 2010 New York Times article recalled "the corpses floating down Main Street ... the boats that drifted into the living rooms of flooded houses." That storm devastated Long Island, killing 50 people there among a total of more than 600.
But AccuWeather meteorologist Leister said that, where Sandy is concerned, there really is no good comparison.
It was late in the hurricane season, and yet Sandy became a very organized weather system, taking an unusual track up the East Coast, curving inland.