Right now, Hurricane Sandy seems like she is dying down and on her way out. Many people can breathe a sigh of relief, but others are just left to pick up the pieces as it becomes more clear how much damage she did.
The death count is the figure that most people will look to, and unfortunately, this Hurricane has not failed to leave its mark in this regard. So far, at death count stands at 16, and I hope it will go no higher, but in a situation such as this, where the real damage is yet to be assessed, I fear that will not be the case. With 7 million people losing power as the 900-mile spanning storm slammed into the Atlantic coast, some people are saying that the death toll could have been significantly higher, but it is always sad to see any number higher than 0.
Early forecasts suggest the total damage may reach $20 billion in terms of economic damage. This is damage to local businesses, particularly coastal ones hit by flooding, in Manhattan, there was a 13ft surge. The airlines were also hit hard, with over 12,500 flights grounded by US officials.
US stock trading is closed through to Wednesday, this is the first back-to-back closure for weather since 1888, and technology has come a long way since then.
Experts said that this storm was of such sheer magnitude, along with the snow, the surges, the full moon and the high tide, it combined to take the situation to a whole new level. 2.1 million homes were without power before the storm had even made landfall, the force of the wind and rain having that much effect.