David Mccue (C), looks for pieces of his beach house that was completely demolished by Superstorm Sandy on November 25, 2012, in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. We in the weather forecasting business walk a fine line when it comes to watches and warnings about dangerous weather events. After Sandy dissipated, the National Weather Service’s “Service Assessment” should have met to create an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of the warning system and response for this storm. Bar graph that shows the casualties via age groups. The storm inflicted nearly $70 billion (2012 USD) in damage and killed 233 people across eight countries from the Caribbean to Canada. If you are driving your car into a flooded area, you need to remember this phrase: Turn around, don’t drown. Half of New York’s deaths are on Staten Island. The storm hit also hit the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. - Three reactors experience trips, or shutdowns, during the storm, according to a Nuclear Regulatory Commission statement. Second-largest death toll – 34 deaths – occurred in the 45-64 age group. - Maine Governor Paul R. LePage signs a limited Emergency Declaration that will allow power crews from other states and/or Canada to help Maine prepare for Sandy. In Puerto Rico, one man in his fifties was swept away in a river flooded by Sandy's rain and ore than 100 families were also forced to evacuate. Finally, it’s frustrating and disheartening to realize that some of these deaths could have been prevented. - New Jersey Governor Christie estimates damage from Sandy related storms to be about $36.8 billion. - 9,000 people in 13 states spend the night in 171 Red Cross operated-shelters. For Hurricane Sandy, unfortunately, the casualty rate was not zero. I used 18 years of age and younger, ages 18-24, ages 25-44, ages 45-64, and ages 65 and older. There were a total of 117 deaths during Sandy. View Hurricane Sandy interactive On ABC News.com. Drowning was the leading cause, accounting for … This ABC News Hurricane Sandy interactive recounts some of the devastation in lives and homes lost. - The National Weather Service downgrades Sandy to a tropical storm. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Hurricane Sandy affected 24 states and all of the eastern seaboard. Amazingly, no-one was killed in the fire. - Con Edison announces it has restored electricity to more than 750,000 customers, leaving 198,000 still without power. October 25, 2012 - Hurricane Sandy makes landfall in southeastern Cuba as a Category 2 hurricane with 105 mph winds. President Obama has called the storm "heartbreaking for the nation".. - The US Energy Information Administration estimates that 38% of stations in metropolitan New York do not have gasoline for sale. - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie orders residents living in the barrier islands from Sandy Hook South to Cape May to evacuate. Always go to a higher floor and stay in the centralized area of your house, preferably in a bathroom. October 22-29, 2012 - Hurricane Sandy, as a hurricane and a post-tropical cyclone, is directly responsible for at least 147 deaths in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, according to the National Hurricane Center. Approximately $15 billion is for the losses not covered by private insurance, $3.8 billion will be compensated by insured private losses.