Sandy 2nd-Costliest Hurricane in US History

It caused $50B in damage, second only to Katrina

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Feb 12, 2013 7:16 PM CST

(Newser) – The National Hurricane Center says Superstorm Sandy was the deadliest hurricane to hit the northeastern US in 40 years and the second-costliest in the nation's history. The center released a report today that attributes 72 deaths in the US directly to Sandy, from Maryland to New Hampshire. That's more than any hurricane to hit the northeastern US since Hurricane Agnes killed 122 people in 1972.

The report counts at least 87 more deaths indirectly tied to the storm, from causes such as hypothermia due to power outages and accidents during cleanup efforts. The report estimated that Sandy caused $50 billion in damage, greater than any US hurricane but Katrina. That 2005 storm caused $108 billion in damage, or $128 billion adjusted to 2012 dollars.

In this Nov. 20 file photo, Joe Vanvaketis climbs out of his home, which was severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy, in the Oakwood Beach section of Staten Island.
In this Nov. 20 file photo, Joe Vanvaketis climbs out of his home, which was severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy, in the Oakwood Beach section of Staten Island.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
In this Oct. 30 file photo, Robert Connolly, left, embraces wife Laura as they survey the remains of the home owned by her parents in the Breezy Point section of New York.
In this Oct. 30 file photo, Robert Connolly, left, embraces wife Laura as they survey the remains of the home owned by her parents in the Breezy Point section of New York.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
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