By the numbers: How Hurricane Sandy measures up

Monday, October 29, 2012 | 4:38 p.m. CDT

NEW YORK — Here's a by-the-numbers look at Hurricane Sandy its expected impacts:

The hurricane

  • As of midafternoon Monday, sustained winds were reaching 90 mph.
  • It was moving northwest at 28 mph.
  • Winds of tropical force extend almost 500 miles from Sandy's center.
  • Its central barometric pressure reached a record low for the Northeast, 940 millibars, indicating a lot of energy and wind potential.

Human response

  • More than 7,000 flights have been grounded.
  • Some 375,000 people were told to evacuate New York City.
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency has about 490,000 meals in place in the Northeast, along with more than 150,000 gallons of water.


  • The storm could leave 2 to 3 feet of snow in mountainous areas of West Virginia.
  • Storm surges in Long Island Sound and New York Harbor could reach 6 to 11 feet above ground. Between Long Island Sound and the Delmarva Peninsula, which includes parts of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, surges could reach 4 to 8 feet above ground level.
  • Winds of gale force are expected for nearly one-third of the nation, as far west as Ohio.
  • Rainfall of up to one foot is expected in some places, especially west of the storm.


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