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October 2012

Atlantic hurricane tracking chart

Atlantic hurricane tracking chart

On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy struck land near Atlantic City, NJ at about 8pm (local time). The strongest winds occurred over water to the east and southeast of the eye of the storm. Hurricane-force winds were reported in addition to significant storm surges from the Mid-Atlantic to the southern New England coast line. Although the hurricane was downgraded to a tropical cyclone, strong winds and elevated water levels persisted for more than a day.

Significant flood risk stretched over a large part of the northeastern United States. Over the following days, the storm is expected to head northward into Canada. The Atlantic hurricane season officially ranges from June 1 through November 30. The United States is the third largest country in the world and faces many natural hazards: tsunamis; volcanoes; earthquake activity around Pacific Basin; hurricanes along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts, tornadoes in the Midwest and Southeast, mud slides in California, forest fires in the west, and flooding.

National Hurricane Center (NOAA); CIA World Factbook, 10/2012; 10/2012

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