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.