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Report: Sandy second costliest U.S. hurricane
By Insure.com staff

Superstorm Sandy in October 2012 was the second-costliest cyclone to hit the United States since 1900, according to a new National Hurricane Center report.

The storm caused $50 billion in damage, according to preliminary estimates. Only Hurricane Katrina was costlier. Katrina caused an estimated $75 billion in damage in the New Orleans area and along the Mississippi coast in 2005.

Hurricane Sandy weakened before it hit the United States, making landfall as a post-tropical cyclone near Brigantine, N.J.

"Because of its tremendous size, however, Sandy drove a catastrophic storm surge in the New Jersey and New York coastlines," the report said.

Water levels rose along the entire East Coast from Florida to Maine. The storm killed at least 147 people across the Atlantic basin, with 72 deaths occurring in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast. It's the highest direct death toll from a tropical cyclone outside of the southern states since Hurricane Agnes in 1972, the center said.

After landfall, Sandy turned west-northwest and slowed, moving through southern New Jersey, northern Delaware and southern Pennsylvania.

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