Billions in Damage: Hurricane Sandy by the Numbers

Connecticut and other states in the northeast continue to rebuild after widespread destruction by Hurricane Sandy. These numbers convey just how much of an impact the weather had.


Sandy by the numbers:

More than 110 dead in the United States, and at least 69 in the Carribbean is perhaps the most tragic fact associated with Superstorm Sandy, which hit Oct. 30 and 31. Four people were killed in Connecticut.

$50 billion: According to EQECAT, a firm that estimates storm damage, that’s the total cost of the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy throughout the country. Originally, they estimated total damage at $30 billion.

620,000: That’s the peak amount of power outages in Connecticut. Both United Illuminating and Connecticut Light & Power hope to restore electricity to most on Monday.

738: Connecticut has 738 polling places, and many were left in the dark, prompting concerns about the upcoming Nov. 6 election. Most, if not all, of the polling places are expected to have electricity by the time polls open.

96 mph: The strongest gust of wind in the northeast was recorded in Eaton’s Neck, N.Y. Connecticut saw 85 mph gusts in Madison, according to the National Weather Service.  Speeds above 74 mph are considered hurricane strength.

1.1 percent: The Strategic Resource Group, a retail consulting firm, estimates that 1.1 percent of all holiday sales were lost due to the storm.

750: Generators were a valuable commodity this past week. Home Depot stores in the northeast recently received 750 truckloads of generators and other supplies.  

Jose Cruz November 05, 2012 at 03:51 PM
As long as the Madisonites have a place to buy and drink their alcohol, they should be just fine.


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