Hurricane Sandy: October 29, 2012

NEW YORK, Central
Chemung - Delaware - Steuben - Sullivan
0300EST 0 0 1.25M 0.00K High Wind
Hurricane Sandy brought high winds to the Catskills and central NY beginning Monday afternoon and lasting into until early
Tuesday morning. The winds peaked in the Catskills in the late evening and during the early morning hours Tuesday in central
NY. Sustained winds reached between 30 and 40 mph in most areas with frequent gusts to 50 mph in central NY and to 60 mph
in the Catskills. Peak wind gusts ranged generally between 45 and 65 mph in central NY and to 70 mph in the Catskills.
Hardest hit in the WFO Binghamton forecast area was Sullivan County which had widespread power outages from numerous
trees and power lines down. During the height of the storm, 34,000 customers were without power in Sullivan County. Many
residents remained without power for several days after the storm hit. Across the southern tier of NY and Finger Lakes, damage
was more sporadic as winds were not as strong. Approximately, 10,000 customers were without power in these areas after the
storm hit with most people seeing power restored in less than a day.

NEW YORK, Coastal
Bronx - Kings (Brooklyn) - New York (Manhattan) - Northeast Suffolk - Northern Nassau - Northern
Queens - Northern Westchester - Northwest Suffolk - Orange - Putnam - Richmond (Staten Island) -
Rockland - Southeast Suffolk - Southern Nassau - Southern Queens - Southern Westchester - Southwest
29 1300EST
2200EST 10 0 13.1M 0.00K High Wind
Post Tropical Storm Sandy was the costliest natural disaster in Southeast New York.
Tropical Storm Sandy formed in the Caribbean Sea on October 22. After drifting slowly southwest on October 23, Sandy
turned to the north and intensified to a hurricane on October 24, just before making landfall in Jamaica. Hurricane Sandy
continued to the north and intensified to a strong category two hurricane before making landfall again in Cuba shortly after
Midnight EDT on the 25th. Hurricane Sandy emerged on the other side of Cuba during the morning of the 25th and proceeded
to drift northwest as a category one or two hurricane as it moved through the Bahamas on the 25th and 26th. Overnight on the
26th, Hurricane Sandy (Category 1) started to move toward the north northeast, a motion that continued into the evening of the
28th. From there, Sandyâs motion became driven by two factors. An anomalously strong blocking ridge over the Canadian
Maritimes prevented Sandy from escaping to the east. Simultaneously, an approaching and deepening extratropical trough was
about to capture Sandy. The combination of the two, turned Sandy to the north overnight on the 28th and then to the northwest
on the 29th.
As Sandy continued to move northwest and interact with the mid latitude trough, its interaction continued to make it less
tropical, but did not weaken it much. Sandy continued to make a harder turn to the left (west) and made landfall in Atlantic
County as a post tropical storm in Brigantine City just north of Atlantic City at 730 p.m. EDT on the 29th. The estimated
minimum central pressure was 945 millibars. The lowest recorded central pressure was 945.6 millibars at the Atlantic City
Marina at 734 p.m. EDT.
Record breaking high tides and wave action was combined with sustained winds of 40 to 60 mph and wind gusts of 80 to 90
These extreme conditions resulted in at least 60 deaths and widespread property damage of at least 42 billion dollars.
Emergency managers recommended mandatory evacuations of more than 1/2 million people that lived in low lying areas.
Widespread significant power outages of more than 2 million lasted up to 2 weeks.

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