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11.II.B

New York City (NYC)
Mid-Atlantic Nor'easter of 1992

 
 
Mid-Atlantic Nor'Easter of 1992
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A “Nor’easter” hit New York City (NYC) on December 11, 1992 and caused pandemonium in all of the five boroughs. It brought with it wind speeds of 70 mph and devastating storm surges. What made the Nor’easter so destructive was the fact that it was slow moving. It created high tides with dangerous consistency and caused many low-lying areas to flood. Con Edison experienced flooding in Manhattan, resulting in a disruption of the flow of electricity to NYC subway lines. As a result, the MTA had to shut downfor more than 3 hours. LaGuardia airport also had canceled flights because of flooding. Sections of FDR Drive were underwater in Manhattan, and many drivers, trapped in their vehicles, had to be rescued by scuba divers. Heavy snowfall was recorded in some regions of New York. However, many areas saw little to no snow during the storm. Coastal regions especially prone to flooding were hardest hit, with boardwalks and boats washing away into the ocean. The City set up many shelters for evacuees in schools and in fire houses.

Flooding was the biggest issue associated with the storm. Additionally, many downed trees, and damaged power lines were left behind following its departure. This particular Nor’easter behaved unusually for the type of storm that it was. It was atypical for the season: a slow moving pace, sporadic distribution of snow and its compact nature created a super Nor’easter that had an unusually devastating effect on the regions it affected along its path.

 
     
 
Visit Additional NYC Hurricanes:
New England Hurricane (1938)
Hurricane Floyd (1999)
Hurricane Irene (2011)
Hurricane Sandy (2012)


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