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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published October 21 2013

Weather Talk: One year ago today, Sandy first became named storm

One year ago today, a low pressure system south of Jamaica developed enough circulation to be named Tropical Storm Sandy. Two days later, Sandy made its first landfall on Jamaica with winds of 85 mph.

Sandy rapidly strengthened to a Category 3 hurricane with 115 mph winds as it came ashore on Cuba on the 25th. The mountains on Cuba disrupted the storm, and it weakened to a tropical storm before merging with a non-tropical low pressure system over the Bahamas. This convergence strengthened the storm again and greatly increased its size.

As a hybrid storm, Sandy moved northward and then made a hard left turn into New Jersey and Lower Manhattan on the night of Oct. 29.

Damage from this storm in the United States alone is estimated at $65 billion. The very high price tag of Sandy can be attributed to its direct hit on the most heavily populated region of the United States.

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