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Hurricane Sandy is Newest U.S. Billion Dollar Disaster

By November 30, 2012

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Nearly a month ago to the day, post-tropical cyclone Sandy approached the New Jersey shore. As relief efforts continue, preliminary damage estimates are starting to take shape.

Current estimates suggest the storm wrought over $60 billion U.S. dollars in damages, with New York City sustaining nearly 1/3 of this amount. This ranks Sandy as the second costliest Atlantic hurricane on record, surpassed only by Hurricane Katrina (2005).

But cost isn't the only area in which Sandy tops the weather charts. With a wind-field spanning 1,100 miles (1,800 km) across, the storm is also the #1 largest Atlantic hurricane on record (based on diameter).

Image credit: NASA

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