Five years after Superstorm Sandy was supposed to have taught the country a lesson about the dangers of living on an undefended coast, there’s still no city in America that’s truly prepared for the challenges of climate change and the storms it will deliver.
The former hurricane merged with other systems to create a meteorological hybrid storm that hit the nation’s most populous metro area. It swamped coastline communities, knocked out power, flooded parts of New York City’s transit system, set neighborhoods ablaze and killed dozens of people.
Sandy became a tropical storm in the Caribbean Sea on Oct. 23 and struck Jamaica as a Category 1 storm a day later. It then rapidly intensified into a Category 3 before coming ashore as a Category 2 in Cuba. As it moved north in the Atlantic, the storm became an extratropical cyclone before hitting Brigantine, New Jersey, late on Oct. 29.
The storm is blamed for 182 deaths, including 48 in New York and 12 in New Jersey. More than 70 were killed in the Caribbean, including 54 in Haiti.