Henry Grabar is a staff writer for Slate’s Moneybox and a former fellow at CityLab. He lives in New York.
A by-the-numbers look at the wreckage left behind.
Reporters and witnesses have struggled for words to describe the destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy, the largest recorded Atlantic storm north of North Carolina. While shots of flooding in Manhattan have dominated the media, much of the damage has occurred along the more fragile coastlines nearby and has yet to be meaningfully tabulated.
What figures we do have are in every way astonishing:
38 reported dead in the United States, so far. (Updated.)
8,000,000 people without power, from South Carolina to Maine.
28 inches of snow in Davis, WV.
496,393 photos tagged #Sandy on Instagram.
15,000 flights cancelled on Monday and Tuesday, and counting.
13.88 feet of high water at the Battery in New York Harbor (storm surge + high tide).
200 people, approximately, evacuated from NYU-Tisch Hospital after power loss on Monday night, when water flooded the basement and broke the generator.
20 babies, about, carried down the stairs during the NYU-Tisch Hospital evacuation in battery-powered respirators.
6,100 people in emergency shelters in New York City alone, according to Mayor Bloomberg's morning press conference.
7 subway tunnels inundated with water.
4.7 million kids home from school on Monday.
190 firefighters deployed to the Breezy Point fire.
3.6 billion dollars of federal aid available.
7 cities, including Atlantic City, Baltimore and Philadelphia, set all-time low-pressure records.
Top image: Tom Mihalek / Reuters