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Hurricane Sandy

The Effects of Hurricane Sandy

By Ashley Steele

 

           Hurricane Sandy has had a huge impact on the United States.  On November 1, 2012 she left us with about 88 deaths and millions of people without power. In addition, Sandy has cost us economically about $50 billion in property damage and has also caused many businesses loss due to the lack of electricity, such as the gas industry.

            Sandy’s impact has been large, solely because she hit us in one of the most populated areas of the country.  The east coast, such as Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia are just a few of the areas effected.

            Matthew Craft from the Huffington Post wrote “Sandy knocked out electricity for more homes and businesses than any other storm in history, according to the Department of Energy.” While we are recovering from Sandy, as of November 1st about 4.5 million homes are still without power, down from 8.5 million earlier this month.

            Tom Zeller Jr., a senior writer from the Huffington Post wrote, that “Earlier this week New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a pointed statement on climate change and its role in the monstrous storm from which his state - - and many others - - will be recovering for months, and perhaps years, to come.” The Federal Government has also announced that they will offer the states as much help they can.

            Hurricane Sandy has left us with not only a lot to clean up, but also the ability to realize how our lives can be completely changed in a moment.  It makes us step back and appreciate all that we have, and how quickly it can be taken away.