Monday, December 22, 2014

Hurricane Sandy: A year later

Hurricane Sandy: A year later



Atlantic City today, shown at left, shows no flooding at high tide. But a four-foot rise in sea level, which some scientists say is already inevitable, would mean water in the streets for many sections of the city, indicated by blue shading at right. Click here to see comparisons for more Shore towns. (ClimateCentral.org)
The sea level is rising, and global warming might affect future storms. But even if the world's temperature stopped rising right now, hurricanes far more damaging than Sandy are all but a certainty, experts say.
INTERACTIVE

An ice-covered fjord on Baffin Island in Canada, with Davis Strait in the background. Airborne surveys by NASA show the ice cap is thinning and glaciers are retreating in the area. In the coming decades, melting glaciers are expected to result in higher sea levels at the Jersey Shore. Use this tool by ClimateCentral.org to see which cities are being locked into a future below sea level due to global warming. (NASA/Michael Studinger)



A large sign is seen in the front yard as Sharon O'Brien looks at her mail at her home in Union Beach, N.J., on Tuesday. The couple had to demolish their small second home after severe Superstorm Sandy damage, because they couldn't get assistance to make repairs. (AP Photo/Mel Evans).
Millions of dollars were awarded to so-called Long Term Recovery Groups at the Shore to facilitate housing recovery. Much of it remains unspent.




Gov. Chris Christie greets President Barack Obama before an aerial tour of Hurricane Sandy damage at Atlantic City Airport in Atlantic City, N.J. on Oct. 31, 2012. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen).
TRENTON - Gov. Christie is over it. He doesn't care anymore. But for the record: It was not a "hug."

Pen in hand, Philly.com cartoonist Rob Tornoe takes on the superstorm. Check out a gallery of his cartoons from the past year.



Cranes move and crawl along the base of the Herbert Street Bridge from the mainland to Mantoloking, earlier this month. The bridge was washed out after Sandy, hampering efforts to get emergency crews and help to the scene. Click here for more then-and-now photos. (Colin Kerrigan / Philly.com; AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen, File)

Mantoloking lost nearly 60 homes during Sandy, which divided the town in two. One of the wealthiest towns per capita in America, it's not surrendering itself to the sea, however.
 
Superstorm Sandy: By the numbers, one year later

From our partners at NJ Spotlight: Sandy Recovery Reporter Scott Gurian has spent the last year traveling the Garden State, interviewing residents and business owners trying to get their lives back on track after the storm. Recently, he checked back in with many of them to see how they were doing. Check out the map tool.

Like thousands of Jersey Shore property owners who have primary residences elsewhere, the Noonans, whose home was swamped in three feet of water, aren't eligible for grants, loans, or other disaster aid.


A home battered and broken by Hurricane Sandy sits on the beach in the Holgate section of Long Beach Island. Check out our gallery of images from up and down the Jersey Shore, after Sandy crashed through the region. Click here for more photos. (Hillary Petrozziello/Philly.com)
The making of a superstorm

The catastrophic collision between a hurricane and an unseasonably early winter storm was so unusual it needed a new name: superstorm. But you may remember it as Sandy.