We arrived in Sandy Hook, New Jersey a couple of months shy of the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy’s October 29, 2012 landfall. Our marina, the Sandy Hook Bay Marina, reopened this year, an example of the rebuilding that has occurred since Sandy’s visit.
Sandy crashes the coast.
Sandy affected 24 states, including the eastern seaboard from Florida to Maine and Michigan and Wisconsin. She was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, and the second-costliest hurricane in United States history ($71.4 billion in damage)
Off the coast of the Northeastern United States the storm became the largest recorded Atlantic hurricane measured by diameter. Her winds spanned 1,100 miles.
A larger-than-life sized replica of the HMS Bounty tried to outrun the Hurricane but failed off North Carolina’s coast with tragic results. Freeman’s “Gathering Wind,” which provided the title for this post provides a detailed account of the disaster.
Sandy also savaged vessels in harbors as shown in the above photo from Raritan Bay. At the Sandy Hook Bay Marina six feet of floodwater deposited the marina’s tenant vessels a quarter mile away.
Sandy Hook Bay Marina today. Sand dredged from the bay raised the land by several feet to meet new standards. Elizabeth Jean relaxes, secure behind higher wave screens in the center of the dock (to the left of the man in the red shirt).
The streets show signs of rebuilding as well.
A peaceful Sandy Hook in sunset’s glow.