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Superstorm Sandy by the Numbers

Atlantic Ocean During Hurricane Sandy
Atlantic Ocean during Hurricane Sandy (Mario Tama, Getty Images)

We all know how powerful Sandy was and the amount of damage that was inflicted upon the Jersey Shore and beyond. Here is a breakdown of her wrath:

  • 27.94 inches – Sandy’s pressure at landfall. The lowest on record in this area.
  • 39 mph – Sandy’s top sustained winds
  • 87 mph – Peak wind gust at Sandy Hook. Surf City had the highest in Jersey at 89 mph.
  • 14,500 – Number of JCP&L workers it took to get the power restored.
  • 2,535 – Number of utility poles brought down by the storm.
  • 65,000 – Amount of trees removed by JCP&L.
  • 180 – Miles of electrical wire delivered to JCP&L to restore downed lines.
  • 280 – Police officers assisting the State Police. They were from 8 different states.
  • 54,000 – Tons of sand that it took to close the water breach in Mantoloking. It also took 200 tons of stone, 2,200 tons of concrete rubble.
  • 92 – Number of babies born during the storm at the five Meridian hospitals in Monmouth and Ocean counties.
  • 3,500 – Amount of New Jersey residents put up in shelters by the Red Cross.
  • 871 – Number of FEMA inspectors in the field.
  • 350 million – Gallons of water removed from disaster affected areas by the Army Corp of Engineers.

 

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