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Top Weather Story for 2012

 Sandy:  A Superstorm Like No Other!

The immense scale, and thus impact, of Superstorm Sandy, was truly staggering.

Sandy's tropical storm-force winds extended 943 miles across at its widest point while moving up the East Coast, the largest purely tropical storm wind field since such records have been kept since 1988, according to Weather Underground's Dr. Jeff Masters. 

While the New Jersey shore, low-lying parts of Lower Manhattan and western Long Island took the hardest hit from Sandy, this massive storm produced severe coastal flooding in parts of south Florida, effectively erased the protective dunes near Mirlo Beach, N.C., sank 30 pleasure boats at a marina in Cleveland, and prompted lakeshore flood warnings in Chicago.

Sandy whipped up record tide levels at Sandy Hook, N.J. and on the Delaware River in Philadelphia, topping another Superstorm from March 1993 there.  Most of Atlantic City, N.J. was under water by Monday morning, a full 12 hours before landfall.  Rooftop water rescues were performed in Sayreville, N.J., among other locations. 

(MORE:  Sandy's Storm Reports | Before/After Images | Interactive Surge)

Flooding of the NYC subway system was considered the most devastating event in the subway's 108-year history.  New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg estimated Sandy was a $19 billion storm for the city.

At one point, almost 8.5 million customers were without power across 19 states and the District of Columbia.  Thirteen days after landfall, roughly 150,000 customers remained without power in New York and New Jersey. 

Then, there was the oddity of feet of snow associated with Sandy. 

Roof collapses were reported in Nicholas County, W.V.  Parts of Randolph and Barbour Counties were isolated for several days.  Vehicles were stranded on Interstate 68 in Garrett County, Md.  Charleston, W.V. picked up more snow in one day (9.4" on Oct. 30) than on all combined previous October days dating to 1903.

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