One year ago, a combination of weather systems that morphed into monster Superstorm Sandy pummeled the East Coast, killing nearly 200 people and causing an estimated $65 billion in damage, making it the second-costliest cyclone in the U.S. behind Hurricane Katrina.
The Associated Press is planning multiformat coverage of the first year since Sandy's center made landfall at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 29 at Brigantine, N.J. Text stories will move in advance for use in print editions beginning Saturday, Oct. 26. They will go live online from throughout the weekend up to Tuesday's anniversary.
Each story will be accompanied by photos. There will also be an interactive, a now-and-then photo gallery and video, as detailed below.
For coverage questions, please contact East region editor Karen Testa, 215-446-6639 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUPERSTORM-ONE YEAR LATER
NEW YORK — For many of Superstorm Sandy's victims, it has been a year of tooth-grinding frustration. Huge numbers of homes in the hardest-hit areas remain in ruins as owners figure out how they can possibly afford to rebuild with meager resources. Billions of dollars in federal aid are, very slowly, being put into action. Boardwalks were rebuilt. Beaches and businesses reopened. House by house, devastated communities are returning to life. But big questions about the future of the coast remain unanswered. By David B. Caruso. UPCOMING 900 words. AP Photos, video. For online use noon Saturday, Oct. 26.
SUPERSTORM-STATE BY STATE: A look at the vast effects of Superstorm Sandy across a swath of states, including death and damage tolls. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. For use online noon Saturday, Oct. 27.
SUPERSTORM-TOLL: Tracking the toll of a disaster like Superstorm Sandy is not like keeping score at a baseball game. Its damage — in lives and property claimed — may never be known precisely, and there are multiple ways to count what is known. By Geoff Mulvihill. 400 words. For use online noon Saturday, Oct. 26.
SUPERSTORM-MAKING OF SANDY
WASHINGTON — It was the moment a run-of-the-mill hurricane mutated into a monster named Sandy. Paradoxically, it was the same time Sandy lost much of its wind power, dropping from a hurricane to a tropical storm. It was a Friday night and Sandy had just passed the Bahamas and was being enveloped by an ordinary cold front coming off the Southeast. It was changing how it got its power, where its highest winds were and even what it looked like. But mostly it was getting bigger. Dangerously large. And then it merged with a second storm, turned record huge and pivoted toward the nation's largest city. In the year since Sandy blew through the East Coast, meteorologists have pored over forecasts, satellite photos, computer models, and even the physical damage to try to get a sense of what made Sandy the demon it was. What made the superstorm dangerous and freaky in more than a dozen different ways was a meteorological trade-in: The hurricane lost some oomph in winds in return for enormous size. "It was just this monster coming at us," says one expert. 1,200 words. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. AP photos. For use online noon Sunday.
With: SUPERSTORM-SUPERLATIVES, A dozen strange weather features of Sandy. AP Photos. For use online noon Sunday, Oct. 27.
Billions of dollars in federal rebuilding and aid and insurance payments have helped many full-time Jersey shore residents to recover in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. But many property owners of modest means who had scrimped and saved to buy vacation homes on the Jersey Shore, or may have inherited their getaway bungalows and cottages, have struggled to pull together enough money to hang on and rebuild. By Katie Zezima. AP Photos. 800 words. For online use 1 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.
NEW YORK — The forces of nature had been threatening the Staten Island neighborhood of Oakwood Beach for years, flooding the streets every time it rained and swamping bungalows so regularly that it was just accepted as part of life. But when Superstorm Sandy swept in and killed three residents that was the last straw. Soon, the state will buy 400 homes, bulldoze them and convert the whole area into green space. Residents in other shorefront neighborhoods are clamoring for buyouts, too — but whether they get them depends both on a complex calculation of science and the willingness of residents to let go. By Meghan Barr. 900 words, photos, video. For use online 1 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28.
SUPERSTORM-THEN AND NOW: A gallery of some of the memorable images from the storm, coupled with current photos now showing the same spot and recovery.
SUPERSTORM SANDY: An interactive marking the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy looks at the events leading up to the storm and its aftermath; includes a map detailing the weather systems that led to the destruction, before-and-after aerial photos of New York and New Jersey, and a map of the East Coast offering location-specific information on fallout from the storm. http://hosted.ap.org/interactives/2013/sandy-anniversary/