Looking Back: Hurricane Sandy 3 Years Ago | NBC Connecticut

Looking Back: Hurricane Sandy 3 Years Ago

Milford Fire Department Capt. Christopher Waiksnoris checks for residents during another evacuation due to high tide in Milford, Conn., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. Superstorm Sandy made landfall Monday, and caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

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.

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