Superstorm Sandy earned its name, the National Hurricane Center reported on Tuesday, in a report that says the storm was the deadliest to hit the region in 40 years and the second costliest in the nation’s history.
The report summarizes last fall’s traumatic weather event, whose effects are still being felt. During the recent blizzard, one of the concerns was whether there would be more flooding to regions still recovering from Sandy’s visit. Politically, reconstruction will likely take years and some needed infrastructure improvements to low-lying areas may take longer.
Sandy is described in the report as “a classic late-season hurricane in the southwestern Caribbean Sea” that wreaked havoc.
“Preliminary U.S. damage estimates are near $50 billion, making Sandy the second-costliest cyclone to hit the United States since 1900,” the report notes. ”There were at least 147 direct deaths recorded across the Atlantic basin due to Sandy, with 72 of these fatalities occurring in the mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States. This is the greatest number of U.S. direct fatalities related to a tropical cyclone outside of the southern states since Hurricane Agnes in 1972.”
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More than 120 deaths in the United States were attributed to Agnes. The deadliest hurricane in U.S. history hit Galveston, Texas, in 1900 and killed 8,000 to 12,000 people.