Superstorm Sandy

A blend of a downgraded hurricane mixed with two other storms, Superstorm Sandy created an unprecedented weather event that left many dead and millions without power on the East Coast. The Washington Times offers the latest news, photos and videos of the wind, snow, rain and flooding as residents begin to clean up and rebuild in the aftermath of the 2012 Frankenstorm.

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  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, talks to Carla Pilla, of Seaside Heights, N.J., while Robert Hilton, left, executive director of the Jersey Shore Convention and Visitor's Bureau, holds a sign, Friday, May 24, 2013, in Seaside Heights, N.J. Christie cut a ribbon to symbolically reopen the state's shore for the summer season, seven months after being devastated by Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    Jersey shore eyes record-setting summer post Sandy

    By Wayne Parry - Associated Press

    New Jersey used a record-breaking gesture Friday to celebrate its recovery from a record-setting storm, proclaiming to the nation that the Jersey shore is back in business following Superstorm Sandy. Published May 24, 2013

  • People survey the destruction left in the wake of Superstorm Sandy on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Seaside Heights, N.J. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    Sandy criticism prompts change in storm warnings

    By Jennifer Kay - Associated Press

    Responding to criticism after Superstorm Sandy, the National Hurricane Center said Thursday it would change the way it warns people about tropical storms that morph into something else. Published April 4, 2013

  • **FILE** Rep. Jerrold Nadler, New York Democrat (AP Photo)

    Democratic Rep. Nadler decries Republicans for passing disaster relief bill for churches

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    A bill to provide federal funding to churches and nonprofits tied to religious organizations has passed the House, over the objections of one Democrat, Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, who found it unconstitutional. Published February 14, 2013

  • **FILE** This aerial photo from Jan. 18, 2013, shows homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy in Fire Island, N.Y. (Associated Press)

    Congress OKs $50B in Sandy aid

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    Congress on Monday cleared $50 billion in additional Superstorm Sandy relief and reconstruction aid for the Northeast, sending it to President Obama for his signature and bringing the total tab for taxpayers from the storm to $60 billion. Published January 28, 2013

  • ** FILE ** A religious statue stands in the fire-scorched landscape of Breezy Point after a Nor'easter snowstorm on Nov. 8, 2012, in New York. The beachfront neighborhood was devastated during Superstorm Sandy when a fire pushed by the raging winds destroyed many homes. (Associated Press)

    Superstorm Sandy victims scoff at FEMA's 'Rapid Repairs'

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Federal Emergency Management Agency officials are touting a first-of-its-kind "Rapid Repairs" program as speeding aid to Superstorm Sandy victims in New York City. But ask a resident still awaiting help, and the response, more often than not, is: Repairs? What repairs? Published January 24, 2013

  • House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, walks to the House chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 15, 2013, as lawmakers debate the details of an emergency spending package to assist victims of Superstorm Sandy that devastated parts of the Northeast coast in October. (Associated Press)

    House votes to tack Sandy aid onto deficit

    By Stephen Dinan and Sean Lengell - The Washington Times

    The House voted Tuesday against cutting the budget to pay for Superstorm Sandy relief spending, in a showdown that underscored the deep consensus in Congress for deficit spending when a natural disaster strikes. Published January 15, 2013

  • Critics hit Sandy storm disaster aid add-ons

    By Sean Lengell - The Washington Times

    A $51 billion GOP-crafted Superstorm Sandy relief package scheduled to hit the House floor Tuesday includes billions of dollars in non-emergency spending — angering budget hawks, government-watchdog groups and many Republicans who say the bill is the latest example of out-of-whack government priorities. Published January 13, 2013

  • Henny Mauro walks in Seaside Heights, N.J., on Jan. 3, 2013, past a beach-side home that was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. (Associated Press)

    Sandy relief package swells aid for past disasters

    By Andrew Miga - Associated Press

    Conservatives and watchdog groups are mounting a "not-so-fast" campaign against a $50.7 billion Superstorm Sandy aid package that Northeastern governors and lawmakers hope to push through the House this coming week. Published January 12, 2013

  • ** FILE ** Rep. Robert E. Andrews, New Jersey Democrat.

    New Jersey Democrat wants pork-free Sandy storm aid bill

    By Jessica Chasmar - Special to The Washington Times

    New Jersey Democratic Rep. Rob Andrews is demanding his colleagues strip pork payouts from a massive aid bill intended to help victims of Superstorm Sandy. Published January 11, 2013

  • Fishing towns struggling after Superstorm Sandy

    By Wayne Parry - Associated Press

    While Superstorm Sandy did highly visible damage to homes, boardwalks and roads, it also walloped the Northeastern fishing industry, whose workers are hoping for a small piece of any future disaster assistance that Congress might approve. Published January 7, 2013

  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, pictured in his office at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J., on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013,  has earned nearly universal praise for his handling of Superstorm Sandy, the state's worst natural disaster. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Superstorm Sandy teaches N.J. Gov. Christie to be more empathetic

    By Angela Delli Santi - Associated Press

    In 2010, Gov. Chris Christie underestimated the first major storm of his administration by flying to Disney World hours before snow crippled New Jersey. A year later, he overplayed Tropical Storm Irene with the now-infamous order, "Get the hell off the beach." Published January 6, 2013

  • An aerial view shows burned-out homes in the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough of New York on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. The tiny beachfront neighborhood, told to evacuate before superstorm Sandy hit New York, burned down as it was inundated by floodwaters, transforming a quaint corner of the Rockaways into a smoke-filled debris field. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    N.Y. Democrat: Republicans who voted no on Sandy storm aid 'mean-spirited'

    By David Eldridge - The Washington Times

    Rep. Gregory Meeks, New York Democrat, said Saturday that some Republicans who voted against the Superstorm Sandy relief funds are "mean-spirited." Published January 5, 2013

  • ** FILE ** This file photo of Dec. 24, 2012, shows the Bishop Henry B. Hucles Episcopal Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

    N.Y. homes for elderly under scrutiny after Sandy

    By David B. Caruso - Associated Press

    A nursing home and an assisted living facility are under scrutiny by state officials and an advocacy group after The Associated Press disclosed that hundreds of elderly and disabled people forced to evacuate by Superstorm Sandy were still sleeping on cots in cramped and sometimes oppressive conditions almost two months later. Published January 4, 2013

  • Henny Mauro walks in Seaside Heights, N.J., on Jan. 3, 2013, past a beach-side home that was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. (Associated Press)

    Congress approves $9.7 billion in Sandy flood aid

    By Andrew Miga - Associated Press

    The new Congress has passed a $9.7 billion bill to help pay flood insurance claims to homeowners, renters and businesses damaged by Superstorm Sandy. Published January 4, 2013

  • ** FILE ** New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie walks to a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, to talk about aid to help his state recover from superstorm Sandy. President Obama is expected to ask Congress for about $50 billion in additional emergency assistance. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Boehner sets votes on Sandy relief after taking bipartisan criticism

    By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

    After withering criticism from New Jersey and New York lawmakers, House Speaker John A. Boehner said Wednesday that his chamber will rush immediate Superstorm Sandy relief money through Congress on Friday, and take up a bigger bill by the middle of the month. Published January 2, 2013

  • Neil Young performs at Madison Square Garden in New York on Monday, Dec. 15, 2008. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

    Neil Young: Singer to give Sandy benefit show in Atlantic City

    By David Bauder - Associated Press

    Neil Young said Sunday that he couldn't see performing in the area devastated by superstorm Sandy without doing something to help people who were affected by it. Published December 2, 2012

  • Foundations and pilings are all that remain of brick buildings and a boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J., on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, after they were destroyed when a powerful storm that started out as Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the East Coast on Monday night. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    New Jersey seeks $37 billion in federal aid for Sandy recovery

    By Associated Press

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is asking for nearly $37 billion in federal aid to recover and rebuild after superstorm Sandy. Published November 28, 2012

  • Andrew hugs volunteer Amy Sahlin at a relief station in Union Beach, N.J. on Wednesday. He and his family will volunteer at the station Thanksgiving Day. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

    For Bethesda siblings, the true spirit of giving to Sandy victims

    By Meredith Somers - The Washington Times

    Like many people watching images of the devastation left in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the Bethesda children were stunned by what they saw and felt compelled to do something. Published November 21, 2012

  • Backhoe operator Keith Henry levels a storm-damaged home in the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough of New York, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    Sandy victims prepare for subdued Thanksgiving

    By Meghan Barr - Associated Press

    The things that Marge Gatti once cherished are lying on what's left of her deck, spattered in mud, like a yard sale gone awry. The stuff is ruined, just like her sodden Staten Island home, which was ravaged by Superstorm Sandy's floodwaters and will be demolished in the coming weeks. Of all things material, Gatti has nothing. And yet, on Thanksgiving Day, she will be counting her blessings. Published November 21, 2012

  • ** FILE ** Madonna performs on her "MDNA" tour at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. (John Shearer/Invision/AP)

    Madonna: 'Gangnam Style' rapper joins pop singer onstage at MSG

    By Mesfin Fekadu - Associated Press

    Madonna has gone "Gangnam Style." Korean pop star PSY joined the pop icon Tuesday night during her second show this week at Madison Square Garden. They danced to his pop culture anthem "Gangnam Style" and to her jam "Music" in front of nearly 20,000. Published November 14, 2012

  • ** FILE ** This Sept. 22, 2012, file photo shows Dave Matthews of the Dave Matthews Band performing during the Farm Aid 2012 concert at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pa. The band is giving $1 million to help Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts in New Jersey and New York. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma, file)

    Dave Matthews: Singer's band pledges $1M for Sandy relief

    By Associated Press

    The Dave Matthews Band is giving $1 million to help Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts. Published November 14, 2012

  • A Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) truck is seen in the Belle Harbor neighborhood of the borough of Queens, New York, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. More than 70,000 customers of Long Island Power Authority in New York were without electricity Monday, two weeks after Superstorm Sandy struck. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

    Long Islanders fume over utility's storm response

    By Frank Eltman and Michael Virtanen - Associated Press

    Priscilla Niemiera has a message for officials at the Long Island Power Authority. "I'd tell them, get off your rear end and do your job," the 68-year-old Seaford resident said. Well, she would if she could get in touch with anyone. Published November 13, 2012

  • Police direct cars to gas pumps outside a gas station on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Police were at gas stations to enforce a new gasoline rationing plan that lets motorists fill up every other day that started in New York on Friday morning. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    Drivers grapple with NYC gas rationing after Sandy

    By Jim Fitzgerald and Tom Hays - Associated Press

    A return to 1970s-era gas rationing seemed to help with hourslong gas station lines that formed after Superstorm Sandy, but it didn't end a fuel-gauge fixation that suddenly has become a way of life for drivers in the nation's largest city. Published November 10, 2012

  • Living through another night of possibly freezing temperatures, Michael Pineda, 15 months old, stands bundled up near a battery-operated lantern in his home without power or heat in the Rockaway Park neighborhood in the Queens borough of New York, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. From left is his brother Mario Pineda, 12, Walter Rivera, 5, and center in deep shadow is their mother Fatima Pineda. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

    Occupy Sandy: Onetime protesters find new cause

    By Meghan Barr - Associated Press

    You might be surprised at what has become a lauded and effective relief organization for victims of Superstorm Sandy: Occupy Wall Street. Published November 10, 2012

  • A man waits his turn to vote at a Mobile Voting Precinct van Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, in Burlington, N.J. Many victims displaced by Superstorm Sandy are taking advantage of offers to vote early. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Voters in N.Y., N.J. not deterred by effects of superstorm Sandy

    By Beth Fouhy and Wayne Parry - Associated Press

    Election Day turnout was heavy Tuesday in several storm-ravaged areas in New York and New Jersey, a welcome change from crisis to catharsis for many who saw exercising their civic duty as a sign of normalcy amid lingering devastation. Published November 6, 2012

  • Liam Thomas, right, watches as a friend extracts gasoline from an approving neighbor's vehicle on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in Rockaway section of New York. More New Yorkers awoke Saturday to power being restored for the first time since Superstorm Sandy pummeled the region, but patience wore thin among those in the region who have been without power for most of the week. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Lights in lower Manhattan; misery in outer regions

    By Jocelyn Noveck and Michael Rubinkam - Associated Press

    The lights were back on Saturday in lower Manhattan, prompting screams of sweet relief from residents who had been plunged into darkness for nearly five days by Superstorm Sandy. But that joy contrasted with deepening resentment in the city's outer boroughs and suburbs over a continued lack of power and maddening gas shortages. Published November 3, 2012

  • President Barack Obama visits the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for an update on the recovery from Hurricane Sandy that hit New York and New Jersey especially hard as well as much of the East Coast earlier this week, Saturday morning, Nov. 3, 2012, in Washington. He is joined by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, right, as he displays a photo of an Air Force C-17 transporting utility trucks to aid the devastated areas. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Obama seeks votes as complaints mount over storm response

    By Dave Boyer - The Washington Times

    Facing questions about his campaigning for re-election while millions of Americans still await government relief efforts from superstorm Sandy, President Obama said Saturday that one of the disaster's positive results was "leaders of different political parties working together to fix what's broken." Published November 3, 2012

  • ** FILE ** Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks to the media at Seward Park High School on the lower east side, the site of one of many public shelters set up in preparation of the storm, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)

    Bowing to outrage, Bloomberg nixes NYC marathon

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    In the face of withering criticism, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and organizers of the New York City Marathon announced Friday that the race, scheduled for Sunday, will be canceled. Published November 2, 2012

  • A line forms at a gas pump as people wait to fill up cans on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, as many are left without power following Superstorm Sandy, in Toms River, N.J. Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday, caused multiple fatalities. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    Lines at East Coast gas stations steam commuters

    By Karen Matthews - Associated Press

    Motorists increasingly desperate for a fill-up fumed in long lines at gas stations and screamed at each other Friday as fuel shortages in Superstorm Sandy's wake spread across the metropolitan area. Published November 2, 2012

  • Brooke Clarkin tries to salvage some personal items from her mother's home in Staten Island, New York, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. Her mother's home was not only flooded to the ceiling, but was swept off its foundation and was carried to the other side of the street. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Isolated NYC borough says help is slow after Sandy

    By Eileen Aj Connelly and Meghan Barr - Associated Press

    The mother grabbed her two boys and fled their home as it filled with water, hoping to outrun Superstorm Sandy. Published November 2, 2012

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