Sandy By The Numbers

By Beth Leonard
Published: February/March 2013
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Superstorm Sandy combined the punch of a hurricane with the longevity and size of a nor'easter. This "perfect storm" came ashore south of Atlantic City, New Jersey, at 8 p.m. on October 29 packing storm-force winds from North Carolina to Maine. But the bigger punch came from the storm surge that inundated low-lying areas in Long Island, New York City, Staten Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The surge lifted entire marinas off their pilings, toppled sailboats off their jackstands, floated powerboats off their trailers, even carried off boats with trailers still strapped to them. BoatUS estimates that some 65,000 boats may have been damaged, and that total boat losses industry-wide may exceed $650 million, making the late-October storm the single-largest industry loss since BoatUS began keeping track in 1966. The following estimates are from BoatUS at press time (December 2012). Sandy delivered claims equal to 6 months of normal volume in a single day.End of story marker

Costliest Hurricanes

(in billions)*
Diameter (miles)**Top Winds (mph)***
*2012 dollars   **Of tropical storm-force winds at landfall  ***Sustained at landfall

Sustained Winds At Landfall: 50-60 mph
Peak Gusts: 85 mph (Madison, CT)
Highest Rainfall: 1.43 inches (Willimantic, CT)
Highest Storm Surge: 9.2 feet (New Haven, CT)
Total Power Outages: 600,000
Boats Damaged: 2,500
Boating Losses: $23 million
Marinas Seriously Damaged: 20-25
New York
Sustained Winds At Landfall: 60-80 mph
Peak Gusts: 94 mph (Eatons Neck, NY)
Highest Rainfall: 4.83 inches (Whitesville, NY)
Highest Storm Surge: 12.7 feet (Kings Point, NY)
Total Power Outages: : 2.2 million
Boats Damaged: 32,000
Boating Losses: $324 million
Marinas Seriously Damaged: 300-400
New Jersey
Sustained Winds At Landfall: 60-80 mph
Peak Gusts: 88 mph (Montclair, NJ)
Highest Rainfall: 11.67 inches (Wildwood Crest, NJ)
Highest Storm Surge: 8.1 feet (Sandy Hook, NJ)
Total Power Outages: 2.8 million
Boats Damaged: 25,000
Boating Losses: $242 million
Marinas Seriously Damaged: 80-120

Superstorm Sandy Deadly Storm Surge Chart


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