Remembering the waves, the storm surge and the weather of Sandy

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – As we commemorate the 1st anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, we remember the top winds of 90 mph, 182 lives lost, 650,000 homes destroyed and the price tag of $65 billion.

The technology was there in predicting the 1,000 mile diameter of the tropical storm force winds and the hard left turn that Sandy took. We were not prepared and still not prepared to protect the barrier islands off Long Island and New Jersey and the funneling of ocean waters into our bays and the Long Island & New Jersey shoreline.

Sandy Weather

Any strong category 2 or minimal category 3 in a more traditional track up the coast would produce even more significant damage. We still lack the will to protect our most vulnerable citizens because we lack respect for the ocean and what it can do.