Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy is a late-season tropical cyclone formed near Jamaica on October 24, 2012. After wreaking havoc and killing 67 people across the Caribbean and Cuba, the "superstorm" made landfall on the northeastern coast of the United States, becoming one of the biggest storms ever to hit the nation. It has affected some 50 million North Americans. As of November 6, it had killed at least 113 in the US, damaged thousands of homes, caused fires, power outages and oil spills.

Jersey Shore boardwalk in flames a year after Hurricane Sandy

A huge cloud of black smoke rises above Funtown Pier. Photo: AP

A boardwalk on the New Jersey coast, only just rebuilt after parts of the US state were devastated by Hurricane Sandy nearly a year ago, has been ravaged by fire.

Saturday, 14 September, 2013, 3:29am

Hurricane Sandy dumped 41b litres of raw sewage into waterways

Mantoloking, New Jersey, after Hurricane Sandy struck in the US. Photo: EPA

Superstorm Sandy dumped 41 billion litres of raw and untreated sewage into US waterways from Washington to Connecticut, according to the science journalism group Climate Central. That's enough human waste to cover New York's Central Park in more than 10 metres of sewage, or fill 17,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools, scientists said.

2 May 2013 - 5:07am

Briefs, January 30, 2013

Ballerina Svetlana Lunkina, who has fled to Canada. Photo: AFP

Concerns have been raised about Twitter's iPhone video-sharing service Vine after pornography appeared in the "Editor's Picks". Twitter apologised for Monday's mistake, blaming "human error", but provided little detail.

30 Jan 2013 - 5:05am

Talking points

Charles Li Xiaojia, chief executive of HKEx

HKEx chief sets out plans

15 Jan 2013 - 3:41am

US House leaders plan to vote on Sandy relief measures

John Boehner. Photo: AP

A chastened US House Republican leadership scrambled to tamp down seething bipartisan fury over a failure to approve emergency relief for victims of superstorm Sandy, saying a vote will now occur today.

4 Jan 2013 - 4:46am

Sandy 'likely put dent in' US jobs

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced property tax relief efforts for homeowners affected by Hurricane Sandy. Photo: NYT

The damage wrought by Sandy probably extended to the job market last month as the superstorm forced businesses to close, upending the recent pickup in US hiring, economists projected a report this week would show.

3 Dec 2012 - 4:26am

US retailers looking for an edge on Black Friday sales

Free Thanksgiving dinners at a parish in Rockaway. Photo: AFP

US shoppers took advantage of retailers offering a Thursday night start to the traditional post-Thanksgiving holiday shopping season, lining up at stores to get deals on electronics and other items or to just see what the fuss was about.

24 Nov 2012 - 3:14am

Hurricane Sandy deals Haiti worst blow to recovery since earthquake

Hurricane Sandy ravaged much of Haiti's agriculture. Photo: NYT

A woman who lost everything now gives her children coffee for meals because it quiets their stomachs a bit. Another despondent mother relives the awful moment when her 18-month-old baby was swept from her arms by a flash food. The bodies of a family of five killed in a mudslide still sit in a morgue unclaimed.

19 Nov 2012 - 3:39am

New York city prepares to raze 200 storm-damaged homes

Staten Islander John Toto and friends demolish his Midland Beach home after it was swept off its foundations. The storm also destroyed Toto's beachside restaurant. Photo: AP

New York city is moving to demolish hundreds of homes in the neighbourhoods hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy, after a grim assessment of the storm-ravaged coast revealed that many structures were so damaged they pose a danger to public safety and other buildings nearby.

19 Nov 2012 - 3:39am

Briefs, November 17, 2012

Work to start soon on Laos-China railway

17 Nov 2012 - 4:13am

Talking Points

US President Barack Obama will survey the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in New York.

China's leadership team revealed

15 Nov 2012 - 2:35am

New York City rations petrol purchases

Superstorm Sandy causes severe shortage of gasoline.

New York City rationed petrol Thursday in response to persistent shortages in the wake of superstorm Sandy.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that from 6:00 am (1100 GMT) Friday, only cars with license plates ending in odd numbers would be allowed to fill up on odd-numbered dates. Cars with plates ending in an even number or a zero will be eligible on even-numbered days.

9 Nov 2012 - 5:16am

Northeaster covers New York in snow, plunges 300,000 back into darkness

A homeowner in Lindenhurst, New York, watches the arrival of the early winter storm. Photo: Reuters

New York City and much of the US Northeast yesterday dug out from a snowstorm that walloped a region still struggling to recover from superstorm Sandy.

9 Nov 2012 - 3:27am

Wintry storm brings new woe to hard-hit US Northeast

A man shovels snow from a sidewalk on Fifth Avenue in New York as a strong winter storm hits the northeast on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

A wintry storm dropped snow and rain on the US Northeast on Wednesday, bringing dangerous winds and knocking out power in a region where hundreds of thousands were still in the dark after Superstorm Sandy.

8 Nov 2012 - 6:08pm

Aftermath of Sandy disrupts voting in US Northeast

BA poll worker (far right) give instructions to voters arriving from a relocated polling site that closed after flooding from superstorm Sandy, on Tuesday. Photo: AP

The aftermath of Superstorm Sandy created chaos and long lines at voting stations in the US Northeast on Tuesday while officials braced for a new storm due to batter the region on Wednesday.

7 Nov 2012 - 10:17am