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Remembering Hurricane Sandy: October 22, 2012

Police car nearly buried in sand following Hurricane Sandy in Nassau, Bahamas, October 27, 2012 (courtesy: Joanne Ross)

Police car nearly buried in sand following Hurricane Sandy in Nassau, Bahamas, October 27, 2012 (courtesy: Joanne Ross)


By Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter
Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 10:01

On October 22, 2012, a tropical depression, which would later become Hurricane Sandy, formed in the Caribbean Sea. Before it dissipated on October 31, 2012, Sandy had become one of the costliest storms in U.S. history. Over the next few days, we will be taking a look back at this historic weather event and the impact it had on countless communities.

OCTOBER 22, 2012: SANDY CHURNS IN THE CARIBBEAN

This time last year, forecasters were paying close attention to Tropical Depression 18, a strengthening storm that had recently formed in the southern Caribbean Sea, off the Nicaraguan coast. 

The system was powerful enough to prompt the Government of Jamaica to issue a tropical storm watch for the entire island.

Shortly after, the Government of Haiti followed suit, issuing a tropical storm watch for the entire country. That watch would be upgraded to a warning the following day.

Satellite image of Tropical Depression 18 on Oct. 22 at 1145 UTC (7:45 a.m. EDT) Credit: NASA GOES Project

Satellite image of Tropical Depression 18 on Oct. 22 at 1145 UTC (7:45 a.m. EDT) Credit: NASA GOES Project

NOAA and the National Weather Service issued a series of advisories relating to the system. Before the end of the day, the depression officially strengthened into Tropical Storm Sandy with maximum sustained winds close to 65 km/h.

"Wind ... tropical storm conditions are possible in Jamaica Tuesday night," read a NOAA statement on Monday, October 22, 2012.

"Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Sandy could be near hurricane strength when it approaches Jamaica."

At this point, Sandy's winds could be felt 110 km from its centre.

Forecasters predicted the storm would bring 125 - 250 mm of rain across Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and eastern Cuba, with higher amounts along mountainous terrain.


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