What led to Hurricane Sandy?

What caused the Sandy hurricane?

In the case of Hurricane Sandy, nearly all the damage was caused by storm surge as the strong winds, low pressure and fast forward motion of the storm funneled Atlantic Ocean waters into the triangle-shaped, low-lying coast of the tri-state area.

What type of storm was Sandy?

Hurricane Sandy

Category 3 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
Hurricane Sandy at peak intensity, just before landfall in Cuba on October 25
Highest winds 1-minute sustained: 115 mph (185 km/h)
Lowest pressure 940 mbar (hPa); 27.76 inHg
Fatalities 233 total

Why was Sandy so destructive?

But thirdly, what made Sandy so damaging was the timing of its landfall – the eye of the hurricane smashed into the Jersey coast at local high tide. On top of that, the moon that fateful night was full – leading to a higher than normal “spring tide”.

What was Sandy when it hit New York?

Effects of Hurricane Sandy in New York

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
Satellite image of Sandy at 4:15 p.m. EDT on October 29 as it was about to make landfall on the Jersey Shore
Highest winds 1-minute sustained: 80 mph (130 km/h) Gusts: 100 mph (155 km/h)
Lowest pressure 945 mbar (hPa); 27.91 inHg
Fatalities 53 total

How does a full moon affect hurricanes?

Yes – the moon is largely responsible for the Earth’s tides. A full moon can effectively amplify the storm surge and waves that accompany a hurricane.

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