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Hurricane Sandy’s Unprecedented Storm Surge

Rockaway Beach, New York - October 29, 2012

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.

Buoy 44025 - Wind and Primary Swell conditions on October 29, 2012

Our thoughts go out to all those affected by the storm. We wish you a speedy recovery!

Rockaway Beach photo via Tubes & Boobs

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