Oct 30, 2012
NEW YORK – Sandy, one of the biggest storms ever to hit the United States, battered the nation’s eastern seaboard on Tuesday, swamping New York City streets with record levels of floodwater, blacking out power to millions of people and bringing transportation to a halt through much of the region.
At least 13 people were reported killed in the United States by Sandy, which dropped just below hurricane status before going ashore in New Jersey on Monday, according to officials and media reports. More than 1 million people across a dozen states were under orders to evacuate as the massive system continued to plow westward.
One disaster forecasting company predicted economic losses could ultimately reach $20 billion, only half insured.
The storm also slowed the presidential campaign at a key time ahead of next week’s vote and closed US markets for two days.