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Revisiting Superstorm Sandy: One year later

In the days leading up to Oct. 29, 2012, dark gray skies loomed over rustling trees and fluttering leaves on the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus as wind picked up speed.

Students left for their hometowns, while others, as well as residents in surrounding communities, stocked up on emergency supplies and holed up in their homes and residence halls. The word Sandy seemed to roll off every tongue.

On Oct. 29, Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the shores of South Jersey, creating widespread destruction and causing around 147 direct deaths, according to the National Hurricane Center’s Tropical Cyclone Report.

Superstorm Sandy is the second costliest hurricane to hit the United States since 1900, with damage estimates more than $65 billion, according to the National Climate Data Center.

The storm was classified as a post-tropical cyclone when it reached New Jersey, but its size caused the destruction of at least 650,000 houses and left around 8.5 million people without power, according to a service assessment from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Ellis Island’s reopening yesterday attests to the heavy damage the storm caused one year ago.

By Julian Chokkattu

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