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Hurricane Sandy generates massive tidal wave heights – record-breaking sea surges in New York New Jersey Atlantic East Coast

October 30, 2012

Hurricane Sandy generates massive tidal wave heights – record-breaking sea surges in New York New Jersey Atlantic East Coast

SUPERSTORM Sandy has slammed into the New Jersey coastline and hurled a record-breaking 3.9-metre surge of seawater at New York City, roaring ashore after washing away part of the Atlantic City boardwalk.

Just before its centre reached land, the storm was stripped of hurricane status but the distinction was purely technical, based on its shape and internal temperature.

It still packed hurricane-force wind, and forecasters were careful to say it remained every bit as dangerous to the 50 million people in its path.

The National Hurricane Center announced at 8pm on Monday (1100 AEDT Tuesday) that Sandy had come ashore near Atlantic City.

The sea surged a record of nearly four metres at the foot of Manhattan.

In an attempt to lessen damage from the storm, New York City’s main utility cut power to about 6500 customers in lower Manhattan.

Authorities worried that seawater would seep into the New York subway and cripple it, along with the electrical and communications systems that are vital to the nation’s financial centre.

As it closed in, Sandy knocked out electricity to more than 1.5 million people and figured to up-end life for tens of millions more.

It smacked the boarded-up big cities of the Northeast corridor, from Washington and Baltimore to Philadelphia, New York and Boston, with stinging rain and gusts of more than 135km/h.

As it made its way toward land, it converged with a cold-weather system that turned into a fearsome superstorm, a monstrous hybrid consisting not only of rain and high wind but of snow.

Forecasters warned of six metre waves bashing into the Chicago lakefront and up to 0.9 metres of snow in West Virginia.

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