The one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy falls on October 29. Jim Cantore from The Weather Channel is stationed in New York and New Jersey this week to commemorate the historic and devastating storm. On Oct. 28, the seasoned meteorologist revealed his thoughts on Sandy and the upcoming anniversary during an exclusive interview with the National Weather Channel Examiner. He stated that the massive and historic storm surge was not surprising, especially since Sandy hit during high tide and many factors combined to make it a superstorm.
Jim Cantore was stationed in Battery Park when Sandy hit New York City. What most viewers don’t realize is that Jim’s team was stranded for several hours at the height of the storm. “We couldn’t get out when the winds kicked in,” Cantore said on Monday. His team spent 2-3 hours navigating flooded streets in search of elevated ground. “Water was literally surrounding us,” he added.
Jim recalled the massive force of Sandy. “There was no power, alarms were blaring, and cars were bobbing around us,” Jim said during our interview. “All sorts of factors led up to the record surge.” He explained that water is the most dangerous aspect of a hurricane or tropical system. The surge level at Battery Park in New York City topped 13.88 feet at the height of Sandy, smashing the old record of 10.02 feet, set by Hurricane Donna in 1960.
Jim is already stationed in NYC and has plans to tour the Jersey Shore by helicopter on Monday. He said that the area is still recovering and will be for quite some time. Concerning another Sandy-like storm hitting the Northeast again, The Weather Channel will address the possibility this week. Cantore said that the Northeast faced a “disaster within a disaster” after Sandy. “Not only was there mile after mile after mile of destruction, but people faced coal, gas and power shortages,” he explained. To prevent another historic shortage after a storm, Cantore recommends that states have no only gas reserves, but also power reserves, like generators. “People have to get the gas out of the pumps,” he said.
On Oct. 28, Melissa Medori from The Weather Channel relayed to Examiner.com the network’s plans to cover the one-year anniversary of Sandy. “Coverage plans are still subject to change, but October 29 will be all about Sandy with additional content leading up to the one-year anniversary,” she explained. Jim Cantore, Stephanie Abrams, Al Roker, Mike Bettes, Maria Larosa, Bryan Norcross, Kelly Cass and Paul Goodloe are scheduled to report from New York on Oct. 29, while Mike Seidel and Dave Malkoff will provide reports from the Jersey Shore.
The Weather Channel will offer viewers a mix of the science and humanity behind the record-setting storm. On-air packages include a Sandy timeline, coverage from the storm, hardest hit areas and how they’re recovering from the impacts of Sandy, and a Coast Guard ride-along. Plus, The Weather Channel will commemorate the one-year anniversary of Sandy by examining…
- Could Sandy happen again?
- What if Sandy happened today?
- A worst case surge scenario
- The science of Sandy
Hurricane Sandy blew into the East Coast on October 29, 2012 and unleashed a fury of devastating winds, historic storm surges, pounding rain and severe flooding. Last year, The Weather Channel went into full hurricane mode to cover Sandy. More than 39 million viewers turned to TWC for its 24/7 broadcasts. Plus, millions logged on to Weather.com at the height of the Hurricane Sandy.
- Sandy’s central pressure at 940 mb was the lowest barometric reading ever recorded for an Atlantic storm that made landfall north of Cape Hatteras.
- Sandy was the second costliest hurricane in the U.S., behind only Hurricane Katrina.
- Sandy was the deadliest hurricane outside the southern states.
- The National Hurricane Center attributed 72 U.S. deaths directly to Sandy, from Maryland to New Hampshire.
- Sandy caused more than $60 million in damages, greater than any other hurricane except Katrina.
- More than 650,000 U.S. homes were damaged or destroyed.
- More than 8 million customers lost power.
For more interesting and unusual facts about Hurricane Sandy, head to weather.com.
To see Jim Cantore talk about The Weather Channel and his lifelong work, be sure to watch the video above and to the left.
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