Sandy made landfall three years ago this evening near Brigantine, New Jersey and caused extensive damage in Connecticut and surrounding states.
The storm was post-tropical in nature when it came ashore for the second time, in the United States. Despite the fact that is was no longer considered a hurricane at landfall, sustained wind speeds were still estimated to be 81 mph.
The strongest wind gust from Sandy in the United States was 96 mph, registered at a reliable weather station on the northern shore of Long Island.
Hurricane-force wind gusts were recorded in seven different states.
Storm surge and large waves caused catastrophic damage along the Mid-Atlantic and New England coastline.
In Connecticut, gauges at Bridgeport and New Haven both measured a storm surge over 9 feet. Western shoreline communities experienced inundation levels of 4-6 feet, while eastern shoreline areas saw inundation levels of 3-5 feet.
Sandy directly killed 72 people in the United States. Approximately 3,000 homes were damaged along the Connecticut shoreline, and the preliminary financial toll was pegged at $360 million in Connecticut alone.