Sandy was indeed a superstorm, numbers show

April 29, 2013 at 6:01 PM
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa., April 29 (UPI) -- Six months after Hurricane Sandy struck the U.S. East Coast, statistics compiled by Accuweather.com show why it merited being called a "superstorm."

The weather forecasting firm, based in State College, Pa., said Monday Sandy was responsible for:

-- 2.7 million power outages in New Jersey alone;

-- 2.5 million cubic yards of sand and silt deposited on road and water ways;

-- 37,000 primary residences deemed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to have sustained "major damage";

-- $1.1 billion in total federal allocations for response and recovery efforts in New Jersey;

-- $3.3 billion in total National Flood Insurance Program payments made to policyholders in New York;

-- 89,025 New Jersey residents visiting FEMA disaster recovery centers;

-- An average of $6,088 awarded by FEMA per applicant for housing assistance;

-- 480 volunteer agencies active in disaster recovery effort;

-- 195,000 room nights in 435 hotels and motels paid for by FEMA for storm victims, and

-- $7.6 million to rebuild the Seaside Heights boardwalk.

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