Remembering Hurricane Sandy: October 28, 2012
Monday, October 28, 2013, 8:20 AM -
RETRACING HURRICANE SANDY: Each day on theweathernetwork.com we will retrace the path and events that led to Hurricane Sandy making landfall in New Jersey on October 29, 2012.
As Hurricane Sandy quickly approached the U.S. coastline, officials in the States began preparations to minimize its effect as much as possible.
President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in Connecticut, Washington D.C., Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. This authorized the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to co-ordinate disaster relief efforts as well as providing help for any emergency measures those states would require.
In preparation for the storm, airlines also cancelled more than 7000 flights that were scheduled for October 28 and October 29. Hotels in the region dealt with thousands of cancellations of guests that could not reach their final destination. Airlines also repositioned their planes away from the hurricane zone to avoid damages. In Toronto, about 400 flights departing from and arriving at Pearson International Airport were also cancelled as the east coast braced itself for Hurrican Sandy.
In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered the closure of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority suspended subway and commuter rail services by 7 p.m. Bus services were suspended shortly after.
Governor Cuomo began co-ordination of emergency procedures, as the Army and National Guard began to mobilize into the area. More than 200 National Guard troops were deployed. More than 375,000 were evacuated as "life-threatening storm surge flooding" was expected.
For more on Hurricane Sandy, tune into The Weather Network where will we continue our coverage as we approach the anniversary of the day it made landfall.