Hurricane Sandy: The Aftermath
Hurricane Sandy was the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, as well as the second costliest Atlantic hurricane in history only surpassed by hurricane Katrina in 2005. “It destroys portions of the Caribbean, mid-Atlantic and north-eastern United States in late October 2012...” (“Hurricane Sandy” 6). Sandy developed from a tropical wave in the western Caribbean Sea and quickly strengthened and was upgraded to Tropical Storm Sandy six hours later. It moved slowly northward toward the Greater Antilles and gradually intensified. “Sandy became a hurricane, made landfall near Kingston, Jamaica, a few hours later, re-emerged into the Caribbean Sea and strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane...” (“Hurricane Sandy” 1). On her passing hurricane Sandy took the lives of people, electricity was limited and schools had to be put on hold.
Sandy started around the equator, making her way up to Jamaica taking toll mostly on the eastern parts of Jamaica, where she injured two hundred and thirty seven (237) people and “one man was killed by a boulder that crushed his house due to strong winds...” (Cristina Constantini 1). In like manner, Sandy affected the entire east coast of the United States of America, and according to reports hundreds of people were injured, “many of whom get hit by trees…” (James Nye 100). It was also stated that “the number of lives lost and families shattered from Hurricane Sandy continued to climb, with the death toll now at more than 110…”( Joseph Serna 1), with New York hit the hardest with 48 people died in the country.
Sandy who fluctuated between being a storm and a hurricane cost power outages throughout countries on her passing. During hurricane Sandy’s passing through Jamaica power was lost and “more than 70 percent of its customer base that lost electricity during the passage...”, that includes homes and businesses (“Paulwell criticises JPS response to Hurricane Sandy” 1). Likewise, in America the “power outages...