The most powerful in the history of U.S. natural disasters has left millions of families homeless. It caused lots of problems with traffic, which should be recovered in a few days. At the moment the hurricane is shifting to the Canadian border, leaving behind destruction and horror.
In two days in the U.S. more than 15 thousand flights were canceled. "Sandy" hurricane struck the east coast of the U.S. on Monday night, it particularly affected the states of New Jersey and New York.
The governor of the neighboring state of New Jersey Chris Christie announced that about 2.4 million families were affected by the disaster. According to Christie, the destruction of the storm "are incomparable to anything I've ever seen." After the storm wave there were piles of garbage taller than two meters on the beach, the governor said.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, at least 8 million homes powered down. Number of residents in areas subject to mandatory evacuation could reach one million.
“The New York City subway system is 108 years old, but it has never faced a disaster as devastating as what we experienced last night,” Joseph Lhota, chairman of the Metropolitan Transit Authority, said in a statement early Tuesday. The agency said all 10 subway tunnels between Manhattan and Brooklyn were underwater during the storm. It said it will be pumping water Tuesday, but workers ultimately will have to walk hundreds of miles of track to inspect it. It's not clear how long that will take.
Trading resumed on the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday after being closed for two days because of Hurricane Sandy. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ran the opening bell.
According to recent data, about 6 million people are left without electricity as a result of the disaster. The authorities claim that the full restoration of power supply may take a week. In addition to New York public transport is out of service in Washington, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Boston.
Wind speed in the center of the hurricane reached 130 km per hour. Snow fell even in the state of Tennessee, located further south. President Barack Obama ordered a state of emergency in Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, the District of Columbia, as well as several other states.
Hurricane has interrupted preparations for U.S. presidential elections. On Monday, Obama canceled a meeting with voters, and returned to the White House, where he directed the actions of the federal government to overcome the consequences of the disaster.
The total loss of the U.S. economy from the disaster could reach $ 100 billion, and losses of insurance companies can be up to $ 10 billion. The total number of victims of "Sandy", including those killed in the Caribbean, exceeded 80 people.