August 31, 2013 |
Most Americans know Seaside Heights as the town made famous by Snooki and her ilk in MTV's reality series “Jersey Shore.” Mike Loundy simply knows the resort town as home. His grandfather came to Seaside Heights in 1932. The family never left, and Loundy's two daughters, he proudly notes, are fourth-generation residents. The town Loundy calls home was among the many devastated when Hurricane Sandy roared up the eastern seaboard last October. Rain, wind and surging tides tossed a roller coaster from Seaside Heights' boardwalk into the Atlantic Ocean before pummeling homes and businesses.
July 5, 2013 |
BREEZY POINT, N.Y. - The sky is cloudless and blue in this coastal community of bungalows by the sea. But Stephanie Abrams has disaster on her mind. A meteorologist with the Weather Channel, Abrams is here to co-host the network's morning shows to kick off the start of hurricane season. Her employer is predicting more storms than usual this year. Abrams has come to this town, which was walloped by Hurricane Sandy last year, to warn viewers of potential dangers in the months ahead.
July 4, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- The Statue of Liberty reopened to visitors Thursday for the first time since Hurricane Sandy washed ashore in October and severely damaged the island on which Lady Liberty sits. The statue was spared storm damage, and tens of thousands of visitors began lining up in Battery Park in lower Manhattan to pile onto the first ferry to the grassy island. Tickets to visit the statue's crown , a climb of 354 steps from the pedestal, sold out long ago. But visitors who could only enter the lower part of Lady Liberty weren't disappointed.
June 18, 2013 |
In the wake of deadly Superstorm Sandy, New York officials have added 600,000 residents to the city's storm evacuation zones, according to maps released Tuesday. The new designation divides the most endangered areas into six zones with 2.9 million people. “Over the past six months, we have made remarkable strides in the city's recovery from Hurricane Sandy, and as part of our review of the administration's efforts before and after the storm, we have updated and expanded the hurricane evacuation zones that are part of the city's comprehensive Coastal Storm Plan,” Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway said in a prepared statement.
May 28, 2013 |
Superstorm Sandy was a force behind Broadway's 6.2% dip in audience attendance -- its lowest level in several years, according to end-of-season statistics reported Tuesday by the Broadway League. Box-office grosses were virtually the same: Shows took in $1.14 billion during Broadway's 2012-13 season, a fraction less than the previous season. Attendance was 11.6 million, according to the data, down from last season's 12.33 million. “This is the first year in many that we have seen such a decline,” said Broadway League executive director Charlotte St. Martin, adding that shows closed for several days following Sandy's landfall.
May 23, 2013 |
The leading cause of death during Superstorm Sandy last fall was drowning, according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report , which analyzed 117 storm-related deaths, comes amid a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warning that this year's hurricane season stands a good chance of being more active than usual. In its annual Atlantic hurricane season outlook , NOAA forecasters said Thursday that there was a 70% likelihood of three to six major hurricanes occurring this year.