Hurricane Sandy was the largest Atlantic hurricane in diameter on record. The official report from NOAA puts landfall at approximately 8 p.m. EDT 5 miles southwest of Atlantic City, New Jersey. Storm surge from the hurricane was devastating, reaching an unprecedented 13 feet, swamping subway tunnels and leaving over 7 million homes and businesses without power up and down the coast.
Primary swell power at Station 44025 (33 NM South of Islip, NY) reached 322 kW/m on October 29th, 2012, which represents a tremendous amount of energy in the water. To put that into perspective, the Pauwela, Maui buoy reported a maximum primary swell power of 169 kW/m on October 9th, 2012, opening day at Peahi. That’s roughly half the power recorded off of Long Island yesterday.
Our thoughts go out to all those affected by the storm. We wish you a speedy recovery!
Rockaway Beach photo via Tubes & Boobs