Five years ago, Hurricane Sandy, the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 hurricane season, developed in the Caribbean, on October 22nd. It moved northward, intensifying to a hurricane and made landfall on Jamaica. It strengthened again into a Category 3 hurricane, hitting Cuba the very next day. It hit the Bahamas on October 27th, before weakening to a tropical storm. It re-strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane and curved west-northwest to New Jersey, where it landed as a post-tropical cyclone with hurricane force winds.
In New Jersey, preparations had begun on October 26th with a voluntary evacuation, but in two days it was mandatory. Toms River Patrolman was assigned to the barrier island on Monday, October 29th and could not leave for 24 hours.
We’ll hear his story of weathering Sandy, and what was left in its aftermath.