Hurricane Sandy 1

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The study shows that Hurricane Sandy was the most destructive and deadliest hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season and the second costliest hurricane in the United States history. About 117 people in the U.S were reported to have been killed by the sandy and from October 28, through November 30, 2012 about 300 people globally were said to have died as a result of the storm. The storm forced the winds to extend over an area which was more than 1,000 miles in diameter clocking in a category 3 storm (Kaufman & Carson, pg. 135). According to the research, at least 24 states in the United States experienced a range of storm effects such as wind, rain blizzards, flood as well as, coastal surge. The event tree provided in the PowerPoint shows that various activities took place in New Jersey and New York during the Hurricane Sandy. During the storm, people experienced intense thunderstorm, lightening, high winds, short term heavy precipitation, street flooding, increased stream flow, increased stream depth as well as increased stream velocity. Other affected cities also experienced power outage as a result of undermined power poles as well as exposed live power lines (Lexembeg, pg. 156). Below is the event tree diagram of the events which took place during the storm.

 

The storm did not only increase the debris flow and communication disruptions, but it also affected the lives of many people by contaminating water and environmental contamination. The hurricane Sandy led to death of many people living in the United States of America as well as, affecting performance of many workers in different organization because most employers were unable to report to their areas of work. The research showed that, during the period, many students were not able to go to school because of lack of transportation. Furthermore, getting gas for vehicles became a major problem; thousands of residents were seen waiting in a long line to get gas at different gas station within hours (Kaufman & Carson, pg. 135).

Despite of all these, many people were still not lucky to get gas. However, the few people who were able to get the gas purchased it at a higher price than the actual cost.  In the cities of New Jersey, the shortage of gas took people by surprise for about two months as cars that were waiting to be fueled were miles long. This is because, some gas stations did not have enough power to help them pump gas and others were completely out of gas. In the gas stations, there was gas gouging which took advantage of the situation so as to make a few extra bucks. This forced the governor to introduce gas rationing rule where cars were only allowed to be filled up on odd days depending on the last digits on their plate number (Lexembeg, pg. 156).

Conversely, there were various environmental impacts which were more difficult to evaluate. Even after the storm, one year later, some of communities continued to s.............


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