Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on parts of the U.S. East Coast a month ago Thursday after tearing through the Caribbean. In the weeks since, the storm's scope has come into sharper focus.
The storm, which was a rare hybrid of a hurricane that transitioned into a northeaster coastal storm, still maintained many tropical characteristics when it made landfall five miles south of Atlantic City about 8 p.m. October 29. The worst of the storm's wrath was felt miles north of the storm's center.
One month later, here's a look at the storm's numbers.
Sandy killed at least 125 people in the United States. That includes 60 in New York — 48 of them in New York City — 34 in New Jersey and 16 in Pennsylvania. At least seven people died in West Virginia, where the storm dropped heavy snow. Sandy killed 71 people in the Caribbean, including 54 in Haiti.
In Atlantic County, a Brigantine man died from hypothermia after staying in his flooded and unheated house. A Ventnor man's death from a fall shortly after the storm also is considered storm-related death and an Atlantic City woman, who died from a heart attack during the evacuation process, also is considered a storm related death.
In Ocean County, a Little Egg Harbor Township man died from drowning and a Stafford Township man died from hypothermia.
Sandy is being blamed for about $62 billion in damage and other losses in the U.S., the vast majority of it in New York and New Jersey — a number that could increase. It's the second-costliest storm in U.S. history after 2005's Hurricane Katrina, which caused $128 billion in damage in inflation-adjusted dollars. Sandy caused at least $315 million in damage in the Caribbean.
Sandy damaged or destroyed homes and businesses, more than 72,000 in New Jersey alone, Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday. In Cuba, the number of damaged homes has been estimated at 130,000 to 200,000.
New York is seeking $42 billion in federal aid, including about $9 billion for projects to head off damage in future storms. New Jersey is seeking nearly $37 billion in aid, including $7.4 billion for future projects. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg met with congressional leaders Wednesday to encourage quick action on storm aid.
The National Hurricane Center now says tropical force winds extended 820 miles at their widest, down from an earlier estimate of 1,000 miles. Sandy's pure kinetic energy for storm surge and wave "destruction potential" reached a 5.8 on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's 0 to 6 scale, the highest measured.
In Atlantic City, the water level peaked at 8.9 feet at Steel Pier, just below the record of 9 feet set during the December Storm of 1992. At an unofficial recording station in Absecon Bay at the Atlantic County Utilities Authority wastewater plant, the water level reached 9.5 feet, just below the record of 9.6 feet set during the March Storm of 1962.
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Governments are seeking money to help head off future disasters, as climate scientists continue to predict rising sea levels and the potential for more bad storms. In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants electrical transformers in commercial buildings hauled to upper floors; the ability to shutter key tunnels, airports and subways; and to require hospitals to have backup power on high ground instead of on lower floors or in basements.
Staff Writer Sarah Watson contributed to this report