Hurricane Sandy Makes Her Mark In History
It all started Monday night when Hurricane Sandy hit the New Jersey Coastline, with winds up to 85 miles per hour tearing the Atlantic City pier to shreds and flooding out the entire area. Countless homes have been damaged and thousands of residents have been evacuated. The National Guard and the Red Cross are working as fast as they can to bring relief to nearly 11,000 victims in Long Beach Island and the surrounding areas.
“It’s “like nothing we’ve ever seen,” Governor Christie said, “There are no words to describe what so many New Jersey residents experienced over the last 24 hours and what we will have to contend with over the coming days, weeks and months.”
The storm moved into Philadelphia, causing a state of emergency. High winds damaged power lines and caused violent fires, which ruined over 50 homes. Falling trees blocked off roadways and caused major power outages.
New York City’s flooding caused unprecedented damage to the subway tunnels, underground utilities, and taxi’s to drift away in the high waters. President Barack declared it a major disaster in New York and Long Island. The sympathetic words “America is with you,” was also stated by the president to those effected by the terrors of the storm.
Accidents claimed several lives, including two boys who were killed when a large tree fell onto the family room of a house in Salem, N.Y. Another victim, Artur Kasprzak, 28, lost his life when he drowned during his heroic efforts to save a family.
Through all the heartache and loss, many survived. Hospitals were successfully evacuated and the Red Cross held thousands in shelters. Rescuers continue to search through the rubble to find other survivors.
To date, Hurricane Sandy is one of the largest and most devastating storms to have hit the East Coast in years, stretching from Florida to New England. With the death toll at fifty and climbing, and over 15 billion dollars of damage, Hurricane Sandy has made her mark in history.
By: Holly Zuelle