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Looking Back: Hurricane Sandy 3 Years Ago

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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