'Frakenstorm' Hurricane Sandy: 4 Storms That Rocked New York City

By Ian Kar on October 25, 2012 9:29 PM EDT

Frankenstorm's path
photo: noaa.gov (Photo: NOAA)

People in the north east, namely New York City, are bracing for a "perfect storm" hurricane/snowstorm, called Sandy, that is set to hit the area next week.

But, people forget that this isn't the first time a nor'easter has hit the tri-state area. Here are five other nor'easter that rocked New York City over the past couple of years. 

Blizzard of 2010

Most of us remember the day after Christmas in 2010 when NYC was swamped with snow. Though it was a day late, most of us certainly had a white christmas, with more than 20 inches of snow dropping on the city. Due to strong winds, drifts formed that were more than four feet high. Transportation was also a huge problem during this snowstorm. Airports like JFK and LaGuardia were closed and commuters who got stuck in the snow literally left their vehicles, since they weren't working. This made cleaning up the streets virtually impossible, and made the post-snowstorm troubles last even longer. 

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Snowstorm of February 2006

On February 11 and 12, 2006, record-setting snowfall covered New York City. Snow fell for 16 straight hours, and winds were around 20-30 miles per hour. By the time the snowfall had stopped, snow levels in Central Park were measuring up to 26.9 inches. LaGuardia reported 25.4 inches of snow, and both LaGuardia and JFK cancelled all flights, which lead to hundreds of stranded travelers. Luckily there wasn't any injuries because of the storm, despite the the nor'easter setting a record in February snowfall. 

President's Day, 2003

24 inches of snow fell on New York City on President's Day in 2003, which cost the City over $20 million dollars (in comparison, Hurricane Sandy is projected to cause $1 billion dollars of damage). Tragically, the storm claimed 42 million lives in the United States, and 2 in the greater New York City area. According to nyc.gov, the two deaths were "a man who died of carbon monoxide poisoning while he was warming up his car, and a man killed when a roof collapsed under the weight of the snow." 

Blizzard of 1996

In 1996, from Janurary 7 to 8, New York City and the tri-state area was engulfed by a snow storm that had 50 miles per hour winds, caused power outages, covered NYC in 20 inches of snow, led to $1 billion in damages from Washington D.C. to Boston, and, unfortunately, several deaths. Airports, bus and trains systems, and even highway reststops shut down and thousands of commuters and travelers were left stranded. Even Broadway shows were cancelled, and the Stock Exchange had a half day. 

New York City has survived these brutal nor'easters over the past few years, some more deadly than others. Hopefully, Hurricane Sandy won't be as devastating for the city as these storms listed above. 

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