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October Wed 31, 2012
Hurricane Sandy, a Category 1 hurricane, hit the United States on Monday night and has since destroyed numerous houses and trees on the East Coast of the US and has killed more than 100 people, mostly in Haiti and in the US.Nicknamed the Frankenstorm, since it came two days before Halloween, Sandy was a huge tropical cyclone, the largest on record in the Atlantic, with a diameter of over 1,100 miles. Category 1 is the weakest category of hurricanes, but still can cause massive damage, especially because of the flooding and fires that can be caused by it. In fact, during Hurricane Sandy, there was intense flooding that has ruined many houses and properties as well as wide-spread fires. In New York, the neighborhood of Breezy Point about 100 houses burned down.Apart from the dangerous fires and floods, millions of people are without power and could remain in the dark for a week or more (more than 2 million homes in New Jersey alone), since the electricity companies are hard at work drying out their stations and going around neighborhoods to restore heat and light. Schools have been closed, and people are staying home from work. The lines are long at grocery stores, where people gather to buy food and to plug in their phones to charge.The New York City metro was completely flooded and is still closed for repairs. The New York stock exchange closed for two days for the first time since the 19th century. The John F. Kennedy airport in New York was scheduled to reopen today, but La Guardia remains closed.The presidential campaigns of both parties were stopped for two days. President Obama will visit New Jersey today to meet with victims of the storm, while Mitt Romney plans to continue his campaign in Florida. New Jersey governor Chris Christie praised the president for his handling of the crisis, but called the damage “unthinkable”. We will have to wait and see what the long-term effects of the storm could be, including the exact amount of damage and loss of property. Some people are still waiting to return to their houses and assess the situation. There is a lot of work to do. See a video report of the storm on the next page.
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