The Wrath of Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy hit the Eastern United States and Canada on Sunday, October 28th after leaving at least 54 dead in the Caribbean.  It first slammed into the coasts of North Carolina and Georgia and then moved up to the more northern part of that region, evolving into a super-storm that would kill at least 110 people and cause $50 billion in damage.

In Virginia, the hurricane first affected coastal cities, like Norfolk and Virginia Beach, with winds totaling up to 75 mph and four to eight inches of rain.  Governor Bob McDonnell issued an order for all schools to be closed until students were able to continue classes Wednesday morning.

In his speech addressing citizens in Virginia on how to prepare for the storm he said, “It’s going to be a long haul.”

The storm continued to impact Virginia through Monday night and caused 114,000 power outages statewide.  Due to fallen trees and flooding, 280 roads were closed.  Although the damage seemed to be overestimated in Virginia, many are still working to undo what was done.

Since the storm first hit, the northeast has been most impacted.  It flooded parts of New Jersey, including Atlantic City, and destroyed historic landmarks in the town.  It even destroyed a large part of its historic boardwalk.  The storm has also widely affected other seaside towns and New York City.  Bus lines were down for days following the storm but service has since been restored.  Tourism has been halted in many popular cities in this region.          

After realizing the effects of the storm, New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg said, “The worst of the weather has come, and the city certainly is feeling the impacts.”

Junior Mina Rollins certainly felt the wrath of Hurricane Sandy after losing power until late Wednesday night.  She said, “I was happy to get out of school but I had hard time adjusting without electricity.”