It has been two years since Hurricane Sandy, also known as Superstorm Sandy, formed in the western Caribbean and quickly began gaining strength. The historic storm would go on to ravage parts of Jamaica, Haiti and the Dominican Republic before marching up the U.S. Eastern Seaboard and colliding with the densely populated coasts of New Jersey and New York.
Sandy was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season. The storm was responsible for 117 deaths in the U.S. and 69 more in the Caribbean and Canada, according to the National Weather Service. When Sandy reached New York City, the surge level at Battery Park in Lower Manhattan topped 13.88 feet — more than 3 feet higher than the old record set by Hurricane Donna in 1960, according to CNN.
At least 650,000 homes were damaged or destroyed by the hurricane and more than 8.5 million customers were without power during the storm and after. The total cost of the hurricane in the U.S. amounted to roughly $50 billion in damages. The devastation forced tens of thousands of New Jersey and New York residents from their homes. Many of them were still unable to return a year later. Here’s a look back at the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.