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Wednesday, 31 October 2012

After the storm: True scale of Sandy's devastation across Eastern Seaboard emerges as death toll hits FIFTY and damage set to top $50BILLION

By LOUISE BOYLE
The devastating aftermath of Superstorm Sandy began to emerge this morning as the death toll hit 50 and damage was expected to reach $50billion. As the superstorm passed over the region, startling before-and-after pictures revealed what was left of the East Coast. At first glance, New Jersey's Mantoloking Bridge appeared to be completely different highways - until it becomes clear that just one solitary house was left standing.
Before the storm: The horizon over the Mantoloking Bridge was once dotted with row after row of Atlantic vacation homes Row after row of Atlantic vacation homes on the horizon were wiped out by the 900-mile storm following surging waters and winds which reached peaks of 95mph. The colossal scale of the devastation was mounting today as the death toll continued to rise - 50 people were dead in the wake of the storm but that number was expected to grow as rescue missions and clear-up continued. The cost was originally estimated at around $20billion but financial forecasters now expected it somewhere between $30 - $50billion of damage.
Razed: Now the horizon in New Jersey is entirely altered following the devastating superstorm Sandy Sandy will likely be among the ten costliest hurricanes in U.S. history. It would still be far below the worst - Hurricane Katrina, which cost $108 billion in 2005. Insured losses were expected to reach up to $15billion, according to NBC, before the additional toll of the damage done to uninsured buildings and infrastructure such as roads, bridges and transport systems. However experts said a slightly slower economy in the coming weeks will likely be matched by reconstruction and repairs that will contribute to growth over time.
Disaster zone: This aerial photograph shows the extent of the damage to the Breezy Point section of Queens, New York, now littered with burned-out homes Some of those losses won't be easily made up. Restaurants that lose two or three days of business, for example, won't necessarily experience a rebound later. And money spent to repair a home may lead to less spending elsewhere. He pledged to rebuild the Jersey Shore but said that a lot of it had been washed into the sea. Christie confirmed that six had died in the state and told residents of the Garden State to 'hang in'. He added that he didn't want to guess the cost of the damage but believed it would run into billions.
Apocalyptic scene: Firemen continue to pour water on smoldering fires on Beach Blvd in Breezy Point, New York. More than 100 homes were destroyed by fire after Sandy passed directly though the area
Lying in a heap: Boats cluster together at a marina in Brant Beach on Long Beach Island, New Jersey
Completely destroyed: Fires ripped through around 130 homes on Breezy Point after the superstorm hit
Submerged: An image provided by the U.S. Coast guard shows flooded homes in Tuckerton, New Jersey
Devastation: Debris lies strewn across the south shore of Staten Island, New York source: dailymail

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