Skip to comments.Hurricane Sandy vs. Hurricane Katrina
Posted on 11/28/2012 1:51:07 PM PST by ExxonPatrolUs
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo made headlines and raised eyebrows Monday when he said that while Hurricane Katrina was deadlier than Hurricane Sandy, the latter storm was more impactful over all and affected many, many more people and places than Katrina.
Mr. Cuomo added that Hurricane Sandy had a greater economic impact, destroyed or damaged more units of housing, affected more businesses and caused more customers to lose power.
For our part, City Room decided to undertake a little truth-squadding. While apples-to-apples numbers for the two storms are very difficult to come by, especially given that Hurricane Sandys costs are still being tallied, here are our findings.
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The worst of Sandys damage should be compared to the Miss. gulf coast, which was wiped out in Katrina. Comparing New Orleans to New York- New Orleans was under 10+ ft of water for about a month. New York didn’t have a toxic stew in its streets or every window blown out of its highrises. No comparison. The sad thing is that a TROPICAL STORM/Minimal hurricane did so much damage to the BIGGEST city in the country. Old beat up N.O. takes a Cat 3/5 N.Y.C. is an ‘apocolytic moonscape’ in 60mph.
NY is incapable of dealing with mother nature. That’s all.
The entire concept of trying to compare the 2 is apples and oranges. 2 entirely different dynamics of storm and 2 entirely different areas being hit.
The thing is, only the “known” areas get any media attention - thus we still hear about NO, but not the Miss. coast and we are only hearing about NYC, and a little about Jersey - but nothing about NC, VA, MD or DE - which all got hit hard as well.
It’s a media thing - plain and simple.
The storm tide in NYC was actually higher than in New Orleans in Katrina, though.