Sandy Taught ‘There Is Nothing Society Cannot Come Back From’



An Op-Ed, By Tara Coffey

Hurricane Sandy, also known as Superstorm Sandy, caused catastrophe and destructive damage long after the storm originally hit.
Hurricane Sandy began as a tropical depression but quickly developed and grew into an official hurricane once it left the coast of Jamaica and then off the coast of Cuba. Sandy became stronger and eventually hit Haiti, causing mudslides and injuring and killing several people, forcing this storm to progress to the label of “hurricane.”
The East Coast of the United States got hit with lots of flooding, wind damage, and heavy rain. Ever since this crucial storm, local residents are still very aware and cautious about the possibility of a new storm and what it could bring.

This historic and crucial storm showed how horrible conditions can become and how much damage can be caused to one person’s home and life.

Sandy turned from a whole bunch of small storms forming into one big storm that took massive effect and damage onto the East Coast. The flooding, mudslides and wind damage caused so much damage to people’s homes and towns that people are still trying to recover 10 years.

Although Hurricane Sandy did severe damage to many different locations, it was not until it hit New York and New Jersey where it became a Super Storm. While thousands lost loved ones and personal property due to flood, rain and wind damage, nearly everyone lost power for over two weeks.
Right after Hurricane Sandy, a nor’easter also hit, affecting more power outages and a cold front, bringing a bizarre and unseasonal snowstorm. (Personally, I lost power from Sandy for 14 days, but was able to gain it back for three hours before losing it due to the snowstorm.)
After 10 years, those who were affected still feel the repercussions of the damage Sandy had on their lives. However, due to constant support, acknowledgement, future preparations and the ability to move forward, it is very possible to keep Hurricane Sandy in mind when preparing for a future storm, but it is also possible to know that there is nothing society cannot come back from.