Day 9: "Superstorm": Assessing Damage, Piling Up Snow
As "Superstorm Sandy" shifted inland, Tuesday Oct. 30 was a day of grasping the scope of the damage in the Northeast.
An early morning levee break flooded the northern New Jersey borough of Moonachie, triggering hundreds of evacuations.
A storm surge up the Delaware River set a new record crest in Philadelphia just before sunrise, breaking a record from April 2011 and the infamous Great Appalachian Storm of 1950.
At its peak, roughly 8.6 million customers were without power due to Sandy. Outages occurred as far away as Toronto, Atlanta, and the Detroit metro areas.
The superstorm's wind field was destructive far from its center, as we mentioned earlier. A vehicle garage was heavily damaged at Indiana Dunes State Park. Thirty boats sank and twelve more drifted away from marinas along Cleveland's lakeshore.
Meanwhile, an epic late October snowstorm continued to hammer the Appalachians. Charleston, W.V. picked up 2 inches of snow in one hour and a storm total of 10 inches, setting a new October record. Two to three feet piled up in the mountains of W.Va. and Md. Roofs collapsed due to the weight of the snow in Nicholas County, W.Va. east of Charleston.