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Hurricane Sandy's Economic Damage Could Reach $50 Billion, Eqecat Estimates

huffingtonpost.com - November 1st, 2012 - Matthew Craft

Widespread power outages and subway shutdowns may wind up making Superstorm Sandy the second most expensive storm in U.S. history, according to the forecasting firm Eqecat. That would rank it right behind Hurricane Katrina.

Eqecat said Thursday that the damage from the storm will likely be far worse than it previously predicted, largely a result of Sandy hitting the most densely populated area in the country.

The firm doubled its previous estimate for the total bill and now says Sandy may have caused between $30 billion and $50 billion in economic losses, including property damage, lost business and extra living expenses.

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Google Crisis Map - Superstorm Sandy - New York City

http://google.org/crisismap/2012-sandy-nyc

Sandy is a major storm that has caused extensive flooding, physical damage, power and transportation outages, and multiple fatalities in NY and much of the US East coast.

(GO TO THE SUPERSTORM SANDY GOOGLE CRISIS MAP - NEW YORK CITY)

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