This week we all watched in horror as Sandy, the tropical cyclone, severely affected portions of the Caribbean, Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States and tore apart wide-spread areas of our East Coast. Large areas of New York and New Jersey were hardest hit.
It was the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, with winds spanning over 1,100 miles causing heavy loss of life. It is estimated that the costs of the storm in monetary terms will exceed $50 billion, but that doesn’t take into account the thousands of individual tragedies that each of the affected families share.
For those who have lost loved ones, know that all Americans share in your grief. To all of our family, friends and neighbors on the East Coast affected by Hurricane Sandy, our hearts and prayers are with you.