Hurricane Sandy

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Hurricane Sandy over the Caribbean
Hurricane Sandy over the Caribbean
Hurricane Sandy approaching the United States
Hurricane Sandy approaching the United States

Hurricane Sandy is a tropical hurricane that formed over the Caribbean and tracked north. It is due to make landfall in New Jersey south of New York at approximately 20:00 (8pm) Monday 29 October 2012 EDT (11:00am Tuesday 30 October 2012 AEST).

The storm is predicted to cause widespread destruction on the east coast.

Hurricane Sandy is causing considerable disruption across the eastern United States, including:

  • winds are predicted to reach 140 kilometres per hour
  • more than 50 million people across 12 states potentially affected.
  • Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes and seek shelter with friends or in evacuation centres
  • Up to 750,000 people are without power in New York and New Jersey
  • Seaside communities already started flooding as the storm nears the coast
  • The hurricane is expected to intensify when it combines with a low pressure weather pattern.
  • As at 10:00am AEST Hurricane Sandy has already claimed at least 67 lives - including 51 in Haiti.
  • Schools are closed, businesses shuttered
  • Mass transit has been suspended - the New York subway system has been shutdown
  • All air travel in the region has been suspended. By Monday afternoon, the nation’s airlines had canceled nearly 8,700 flights and planned to cancel 2,540 more Tuesday, mostly from airports in Philadelphia, New York and New Jersey.
  • Wall Street stock exchange closed for 2 consecutive days.
  • When Hurricane Irene came ashore in 2011 it carried a surge of 4 feet. Sandy's surge is expected to be 6 to 12 feet.
  • Washington region’s entire public transit system — Metro, Virginia Railway Express and the Maryland Transportation System — ceased operation

The storm arrived eight days prior to the US presidential election. President Barack Obama has warned there could be fatalities from the massive storm, and has declared emergencies in the following nine states:

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

"The most important message to the public I have right now is, 'Please listen to what your state and local officials are saying'."

"When they tell you to evacuate, you need to evacuate."

Twitter hashtags

  • #sandy
  • #hurricane

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