DEATH TOLL FROM HURRICANE SANDY CLIMBS, WET AND IRRITATED TOLL STAYS STABLE
October 31 2012
New York, NY – Everyone knew Hurricane Sandy was coming and everyone did just about everything they could to ensure that the damage would be limited but it has still taken a major toll. Across the afflicted areas the evidence of the power of Sandy, and our relatively limited ability to stand up to Mother Nature, has been clearly on display.
Across New York and New Jersey millions are without power, power which may not be restored for days. Streets are flooded, subways and tunnels are shut down, houses have burned to the ground, and now it appears that the death toll is steadily climbing as emergency officials start to get a better picture of the damage.
Initial estimates place the monetary toll at $20 billion, a number that will surely rise just as the tides did last night, but it is the human toll that will be incalculable and one that will take a long, long time to recover from. Now the toll has climbed sharply with reports that as many as 38 people have died in the hurricane. Luckily, though, the number of people who are just inconvenienced and annoyed has remained relatively stable, because it’s really everyone who isn’t dead.
“We are in the midst of urban search and rescue. Our teams are moving as fast as they can. The devastation on the Jersey Shore is some of the worst we’ve ever seen. The cost of the storm is incalculable at this point,” said New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
New York Andrew Cuomo hasn’t made statement yet, likely because he is way upstate which wasn’t really affected.
Most of the dead were apparently killed by falling trees, most of the irritated are just really, really wet.
“It’s really amazing the power of this storm to effectively shut down the biggest and most robust city in the United States, in the world. It really does speak to the power of Mother Nature and how ineffective our efforts are most of the time against Her. I guess we don’t know everything, that’s the lesson we’ve learned here, or move to Canada or Brazil or something, we might have learned that one as well,” said Scrape TV American analyst Dave Davidson. “I mean of course hurricanes are rare in important cities like New York. They happen in the south all the time but in New York they are rare so there’s no sense getting too worked up, though being that wet I can certainly understand why some people would be.”
It’s not clear how many people are actually wet still, or to what degree, something which will take time to figure out.
“I would say on the whole everyone has done very well. Obviously those people who got knocked by the trees aren’t doing so well but it’s still a pretty small death toll considering how bad this really could have been, and it could have been really bad,” continued Davidson. “Obviously it’s going to take a long time to clean up and assess just where things are, like literally where things are, but at least the damage was mitigated by preparation and that will mitigate the annoyance as well, aside from the people whose houses burned down or were flooded beyond repair. Those people will be in hotels for months or more.”
Insurance agents are reportedly already in scene trying to figure out how best to avoid paying out claims.
Mike Michaels, American Correspondent