New Yorkers have experienced the wrath of Sandy’s scorn. While some took the forecast seriously, stocking up in supplies, or evacuated if residing in Zone A, others tried to weather through the storm. The intensity of the storm was well reported, perhaps some New Yorkers should have took this natural disaster seriously. But no matter how prepared we thought we were, many New Yorkers were shocked to experience these life-threatening conditions.
Although some parts of each borough suffered from severe damages caused by heavy winds, rain and flooding, other neighborhoods were able to push through it. Mayor Bloomberg reported that about 7,000 had fallen down in city parks, as he closed parks “until further notice.” The trees that tumbled over in New York and New Jersey residential areas have resulted in fatalities. 33 people were killed in the U.S as of late Tuesday during the two-day storm, with damages being estimated at $20 billion in New York. There were 67 fatalities in the Caribbean.
President Obama approved disaster declarations for New York and New Jersey. They will be eligible for federal assistance for rebuilding. Mr. Obama said,“All of us have been shocked by the force of mother nature.”