Sandy Likely to Cost More Than Hurricane Irene
Damage estimates suggest $20B
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2012 12:02 PM CDT
A boat floats in the driveway of a home in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy Tuesday in Lindenhurst, N.Y.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

(Newser) – It looks like superstorm Sandy is going to trump last year's Hurricane Irene in terms of damage costs, reports Reuters. The upper end of estimates is about $20 billion, while Irene came in under $16 billion, notes the Christian Science Monitor. "Sandy event is much more severe," explains RMS, which calculates damage for the insurance industry. It "has impacted NYC to a much worse degree than Irene." A Bloomberg report contends that the total might exceed $20 billion.

Insured losses figure to be anywhere from $5 billion to $8 billion, with cities and states picking up much of the rest in infrastructure repairs. When all is said and done, Sandy is likely to end up somewhere around the fifth costliest hurricane in history. One company not complaining: Netflix. Streaming was up 20% Sunday and Monday, with most of the surge coming from customers in New York, Boston, Baltimore, and DC, reports the Los Angeles Times.

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Antagonist
Oct 31, 2012 9:13 AM CDT
OK, where is the Westboro Church? Haven't seen them yet
Scott60561
Oct 30, 2012 4:05 PM CDT
Why would Netflix be interested in increased streaming unless being done with new customers? I would think Netflix enjoys less streaming by current customers as people are without power and internet.