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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.

Sandy relief bill eats up taxes on the rich

By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

Congress is poised to clear the final $50 billion chunk of emergency aid for Superstorm Sandy relief Monday — and in one vote, it will have used up all the new tax money President Obama won by raising rates on the wealthy in the "fiscal cliff" deal. Published January 28, 2013

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** FILE ** 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

- 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.

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

- 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.

**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

- 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.

** 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'

- 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?

House Speaker John A, 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

- 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.

Critics hit Sandy storm disaster aid add-ons

- 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.

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

- 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.

Fishing towns struggling after Superstorm Sandy

- 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.

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

- 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."

** 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

- 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.

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

- 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.

** 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

- 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.

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

- 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.

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

- 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.

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

- 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.

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

- 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.

The half of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge attached to Brooklyn is lit while the half attached to Staten Island is dark in New York, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. The massive storm that started out as Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East Coast and morphed into a huge and problematic system, killing at least 96 people in the United States. Power outages now stand at more than 3.6 million homes and businesses, down from a peak of 8.5 million. The cost of the storm could exceed $18 billion in New York alone. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Obama seeks votes as complaints mount over storm response

- 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."

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

- 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.

This Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, photo provided by the U.S. Air Force shows an aerial view of the roller coaster from the Seaside Heights amusement park on the New Jersey shore submerged in surf, taken during a search-and-rescue mission by 1-150 Assault Helicopter Battalion, New Jersey Army National Guard. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)

Battered N.J. agonizes over whether to rebuild shore

- Associated Press

In its tear of destruction, the megastorm Sandy left parts of New Jersey's beloved shore in tatters, sweeping away beaches, homes, boardwalks and amusement parks.

This Oct. 30, 2012, photo provided by New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) shows a flooded escalator in the South Ferry station of the No. 1 subway line, in lower Manhattan, after Superstorm Sandy passed through New York. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Transportation Authority)

Storm-crippled NYC subway creaks back into service

- Associated Press

Subways started running again in much of New York City on Thursday for the first time since Superstorm Sandy, but traffic at bridges backed up for miles, long lines formed at gas stations, and tempers flared as commuters waited for buses.

FEMA has $3.6B for Sandy relief

- The Washington Times

While Congress is facing several unresolved issues in a potentially busy post-election lame duck session, finding additional disaster relief money for Hurricane Sandy likely won't be on the list, as FEMA and lawmakers say available funds should be sufficient.

Sandy prompts switch; United will open playoffs at home

- The Washington Times

D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls will swap home dates for their Eastern Conference semifinal series, the clubs announced Wednesday, with RFK Stadium hosting Game 1 on Saturday as the New York metropolitan area continues to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.

President Obama, center, and Federal Emergency Management administrator Craig Fugate, left, watch as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, second from left, meets with local residents at Brigantine Beach Community Center, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Brigantine, NJ. Obama traveled to see first-hand the relief efforts after superstorm Sandy damaged the Atlantic Coast. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Ravaged states start cleanup, add up losses

- The Washington Times

Giant cities and small neighborhoods across the eastern half of the country took stock, mourned their losses and began the first tentative efforts to restore normalcy Wednesday as the death toll from superstorm Sandy rose to more than 70 and the economic losses were being reckoned in the tens of billions of dollars.

A police car patrols in front of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, before it reopens for trading for the first time this week following a two-day shutdown due to superstorm Sandy. Stock futures are rising ahead of the opening bell. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

New York, New Jersey struggle to recover from Sandy

- Associated Press

Two major airports reopened and the floor of the New York Stock Exchange came back to life Wednesday, while across the river in New Jersey, National Guardsmen rushed to rescue flood victims and fires still raged two days after Superstorm Sandy.

This photo provided by Metropolitan Transportation Authority shows people boarding a bus, as partial bus service was restored on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. Mass transit, including buses, was suspended during Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Patrick Cashin)

In darkened NYC, safety on the list of concerns

- Associated Press

Faced with the prospect of days without power and swaths of the city plunged into darkness at night, police brought in banks of lights and boosted patrols to reassure victims of a monster storm that they won't be victims of crime.

James McConnon, 5, of Alexandria, Va., crosses King Street by way of flood water, as people venture out to survey the damage in Old Town Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, the day after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the region. Flood water here in Old Town is slightly higher than normal after a heavy rain. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Area picks up, starts return to normal in storm’s wake

- The Washington Times

Schools, government offices and transportation systems in the D.C. metro area are set to resume full operations on Wednesday after Hurricane Sandy ravaged parts of the East Coast but did less damage than expected to the District and its suburbs.

Insurers say Sandy’s damage could cost $10 billion

- The Washington Times

Home insurance companies say they were prepared for Hurricane Sandy, but the same may not be true for flood insurers who are feeling increased pressure as the storm caused more water damage than normally expected in such storms.

President Barack Obama, accompanied by American Red Cross President and CEO Gail J. McGovern, gestures while speaking during the his visit to the Disaster Operation Center of the Red Cross National Headquarter to discuss superstorm Sandy, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

For Obama, an opportunity to take charge in a crisis

- The Washington Times

Although Hurricane Sandy blew President Obama's re-election campaign far off its charted course, Mr. Obama had the advantage over Republican rival Mitt Romney Tuesday by taking on the presidential role of coordinating emergency relief efforts across the Eastern seaboard.

Flooded data center takes down websites

- Associated Press

Water welling into southern Manhattan drenched one of the world's densest communications nodes, taking out popular websites and forcing carriers to reroute international traffic.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley discusses storm preparations at a news conference in Reisterstown, Md.

O'Malley: 'It's clear that we were fortunate'

- The Washington Times

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley was thankful Tuesday morning that his state escaped the brunt of Hurricane Sandy's damage, but called on residents to remain cautious for the next day as crews assess damage and restore power.

Firefighters battle a blaze on Rockaway Beach Boulevard in the borough of Queens on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

At least 80 flooded houses destroyed in NYC fire

Associated Press

A huge fire destroyed 80 to 100 houses in a flooded beachfront neighborhood of the borough of Queens on Tuesday, forcing firefighters to undertake daring rescues and injuring three people.


Gray begins assessing storm damages

- The Washington Times

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray set off on a tour of shelters and sites along the Potomac River Tuesday morning to examine the damage and debris left by a one-two punch of harsh weather in the capital region.

Snowplows thunder through the mountains of West Virginia as the superstorm strikes the region on Monday evening, Oct. 29, 2012. In the higher elevations of the mountains, there could be from 2 to 3 feet of snow and blizzard conditions through Tuesday. (AP Photo/Robert Ray)

W.Va. blizzard warning as Appalachia storm blows

- Associated Press

Wet snow and high winds spinning off the edge of superstorm Sandy spread blizzard conditions over parts of West Virginia and neighboring Appalachian states Tuesday, shutting one interstate as trucks and cars bogged down and knocking out power to many.

A woman leaves a house on Arlington Terrace in the Huntington neighborhood of Alexandria, Va., on Oct. 29, 2012, during a mandatory evacuation order as high winds and heavy rain from Hurricane Sandy pound the Atlantic coast. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Sandy socks East Coast

- The Washington Times

Swirling from the nation's capital to New England, a hurricane-fueled superstorm struck the most populous region of the United States on Monday with the type of brute force that had been predicted for days.

Al Daisey walks in the floodwaters in front of his home in Fenwick Island, Del., on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the East Coast. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Sandy slams into Northeast; at least 34 dead, 8.2M without power

- Associated Press

Millions of people from Maine to the Carolinas awoke Tuesday without electricity, and an eerily quiet New York City was all but closed off by car, train and air as superstorm Sandy steamed inland, still delivering punishing wind and rain. The U.S. death toll climbed to 34, many of the victims killed by falling trees.

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President Obama and Vice President Biden arrive Jan. 1, 2013, to make a statement regarding the passage of the fiscal cliff bill in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington. (Associated Press)

Obama presses House to pass Sandy aid

President Obama urged House Republicans Wednesday to approve $60 billion in disaster relief for victims of Superstorm Sandy, a piece of unfinished business after the fiscal cliff legislation was approved Tuesday.



Bloomberg facing backlash over NYC Marathon

Bloomberg facing backlash over NYC Marathon

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is criticized for proceeding with the New York City Marathon despite the toll on citizens still reeling from superstorm Sandy.

Relief slow to come to Staten Island

Relief slow to come to Staten Island

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Residents and public officials complained that help has been slow to arrive on stricken Staten Island, where 19 have been killed.