By Nicholas Pepitone
Hurricane Sandy was one of the most devastating storms the U.S. has ever encountered. Thousands lost their homes, their cars and even their loved ones. Many people made the mistake of staying where they were even after being told to leave, but faced the consequences later on. We are still recovering from the storm all over the world, and will most likely continue to do so all year.
Sandy’s rampage lasted just over a week, from October 22nd to the 31st, taking over 250 lives with her before she dissipated. The eastern seaboard, as well as the Bahamas, Jamaica, Hawaii, Eastern Canada and many other areas, experienced winds up to 110 mph leaving devastation all throughout the hurricane’s path. Countless homes on the coast were flooded with over seven feet of water trapping people inside of their houses, but not all of them were able to get out. Many stores and businesses everywhere, as well as people’s homes, were destroyed by the flooding leaving them susceptible to looting.
“ This is terrible, I had no idea the storm would be this bad. I can’t believe someone would smash my grandsons’ piggy banks, that is just wrong. ” says Maria Indelicato, victim of a robbery in the Hurricane Sandy aftermath.
After being labeled the largest Atlantic hurricane on record with a wind diameter of over 1,100 miles, the media began to refer to the hurricane as Superstorm Sandy. A very fitting name considering the 24 states that were affected by the storm left the U.S. with approximately $63 billion in damages. Some even considered the storm to be the beginning of the end of the world as predicted by the Mayans in the first millennium.
“This storm is not yet over,” Obama said during a visit to American Red Cross national headquarters in downtown Washington. (According to Politico.com)
We can clearly see that Hurricane Sandy was detrimental to the United States along with many other nations as well. Houses, cars, pets and loved ones were lost in the mass destruction that was Hurricane Sandy. It will take a long time to recover from this but we will pull through if we work together as a nation.