Aerial view shows the damage done to Breezy Point, NY, after an apparent downed power line sparked a wind-swept fire that involved 111 homes. The area, hit by a tornado earlier in the year, lies adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean. Several engine companies wound up drafting from the street.
Photo credit: AP Photo/Mike Groll
The burned ruins of multiple dwellings lie near the beach in Normandy Beach, NJ.
Photo credit: Photo by Jeff Kaplan
Winds ranging from 70-90 mph fan flames in a vacant commercial building after an energized power line communicated to the structure.
Photo credit: Photo by Bill Tompkins/www.BTFirephotos.com
Sign in front of Moonachie, NJ, EMS Station is self explanatory.
Photo credit: Photo by Ron Jeffers
Firefighters use a boat to remove elderly and handicapped residents from areas in Staten Island, NY, where flood waters rose from five to 13 feet.
Photo credit: Photo by Steve White
On Oct. 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy – a Category 1 storm – slammed into the New Jersey shore and made landfall. Winds ranged from 70 to 90 mph for many areas.
The storm surge coincided with a high tide and a full moon and caused flooding across several states. Thousands of residents in many states who decidewd to stay in their homes near the Atlantic Ocean and other waterways needed to be rescued after the storm surge became historic.
Numerous fire apparatus, equipment and stations were damaged or destroyed. Electricity was knocked out for more people than from previous storms. Crews from power companies across the country were dispatched to the East Coast before the storm hit. Some customers were still without electricity 17 days after the hurricane. Bridges and tunnels in the New York metropolitan area were closed and many tunnels were flooded. Damage to infrastructure and flooding to buildings was substantial.
The damage caused by Hurricane Sandy is estimated to cost much more than Hurricane Katrina, which struck New Orleans, LA, in 2005. Additional coverage will be published in upcoming issues.