Hurricane Sandy was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, and, at the time, was the second-cos…
Hurricane Sandy was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, and, at the time, was the second-costliest hurricane in United States history; as of 2017 it has fallen to fourth, with Hurricanes Maria, Katrina, and Harvey having cost more in damage than Sandy. Classified as the eighteenth named storm, tenth hurricane, and second major hurricane of the year, Sandy was a Category 3 storm at its peak intensity when it made landfall in Cuba. While it was a Category 2 hurricane off the coast of the Northeastern United States, the storm became the largest Atlantic hurricane on record. Estimates as of 2015 assessed damage to have been about $75 billion, a total surpassed only by Hurricanes Katrina, Maria, and Harvey. At least 233 people were killed along the path of the storm in eight countries.