Tomorrow will mark the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy’s landfall in New Jersey. Sandy was the largest Atlantic hurricane on record (by diameter), the second-costliest storm in U.S. history, affecting 24 states, and was responsible for more than $65 billion in damage and hundreds of deaths from Jamaica to New England. Photographers have been returning to the damaged areas on this anniversary, capturing images of the rebuilding, where it has taken place, and the ruins, where no progress has been made, including some neighborhoods that may be allowed to return to nature. Starting with photo #12, the last 13 images are interactive, click on them to see a transition from “before” to “after”. (See also: Part I, from last week)
One year ago, Superstorm Sandy battered the Eastern seaboard of the United States. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) estimates that the historic hurricane led to 147 direct deaths, damaged or destroyed about 650,000 houses, and left approximately 8.5 million people without power.
With the anniversary of the storm approaching, we’re collecting your photos, videos, and stories from Sandy and plotting them on our interactive map
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2012 was an eventful year, from big events like the London Summer Olympics and the U.S. presidential race, to regional conflicts in the Middle East and Africa, to smaller issues closer to home. Reverberations from last year’s transformative Arab Spring still heavily affect Syria and Egypt; and the slow recovery from the recent global economic crisis brought bitter austerity measures to parts of Europe, leading to widespread protests. Collected here is Part 3 of a three-part photo summary of the last year, covering its last few months. Be sure to also see Part 1 and Part 2. The series totals 135 images in all.
See more. [Images: Obama for America, Reuters, AP]
On Wednesday, we worked at the home of a woman I’ll call Bettina. I barely met her. But here is a selective inventory of things removed from her basement:
- three couches, waterlogged, of different sizes and colors
- a small wooden Buddha doll
- several telephone books, thoroughly waterlogged
- two separate, still sealed, bottles of allspice
- a photo album, muddied, containing pictures of a young man growing progressively older
- a chamberpot, child-sized, set inside a miniature toilet
- pictures of a Catholic saint
- two televisions, one flat screen, one monstrously heavy, both enormous
- a live turtle (one of a pair, we were told)
- an overturned refrigerator, which reeked so strongly when cracked open that we evacuated the basement and called in the fire department for fear of a gas leak
The basement had three bedrooms, a bathroom, a living room, a laundry room, and a kitchenette. Now it has seven ambiguous rooms, each stripped bare of walls and flooring.
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In this sobering photo from Reuters photographer Lucas Jackson, Rockaway Beach residents stand near a fire as they listen to the radio for news of the presidential election. Consider it a reminder that while we’re all huddled over our computers, eyes glued to cable television and exit polls, many Americans are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Sandy.
[…]Griffin told us, “I saw very few people from FEMA. A woman who’d broken her hand drove by screaming, asking where a Red Cross was, and no one could tell her where to go. What was overwhelming was the number of Staten Islanders helping other Staten Islanders. All of these people are helping each other in a way I’ve never seen.”
See more. [Images: Elizabeth Griffin]
A week ago today, superstorm Sandy powered ashore, making landfall in the U.S. and wreaking havoc across the northeast. Damage estimates now reach as high as $50 billion, which would make Sandy the second-costliest Atlantic hurricane in history. At least 113 lives were lost across 10 states, and more than 1 million people are still without power across New York and New Jersey. Where the damage was worst, aid workers, National Guardsmen, soldiers, and groups of civilian volunteers arrived, bringing supplies, beginning cleanup, providing what was needed — in many cases, neighbor helping neighbor. Collected here are images of Sandy recovery from just the past weekend, showing what has been accomplished so far and the massive amount of work that remains to be done. See also the earlier entry: Hurricane Sandy: After Landfall.
See more. [Images: AP, Reuters, Getty]
[Image: Gilad Lotan]
[Image: New York Post]