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As a prelude, the storm named Sandy killed more than 70 people in the Caribbean in late October, 2012. Then its high winds and high waters slammed into more than 800 miles of the eastern U.S. seaboard, killing at least 125 more people, and causing damage calculated at well over $60 billion — the second-costliest storm in U.S. history after 2005's Hurricane Katrina. New York and New Jersey were the worst hit, with several hundred thousand homes and businesses damaged or destroyed.
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: A man walks by destroyed homes along the beach December 4, 2012 in the Rockaway neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo went to Washington on Monday to request $42 billion in Sandy relief from the federal government. Included in the request is $9 billion to help New York prepare for the next big storm. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)