For the second straight year, campgrounds in the Northeast have faced the fury of a major tropical storm.
This time around, “Superstorm” Sandy struck right before Halloween – when many parks were already closed for the season – instead of right before Labor Day as Hurricane Irene did in 2011, wiping out the weekend in many areas and ending the season in others.
Still, the damage from Sandy along a 1,000-mile swath stretching from Florida north to Maine and westward as far as Lake Michigan is immense. The Associated Press estimated damage from the storm in 17 states could top $20 billion, making it one of the most costly in U.S. history. The death toll has reached 55.
Sandy is taking on other dubious superlatives:
• Evacuation zone: Included communities in more than 400 miles of coastline from Ocean City, Md., to Dartmouth, Mass.
• Highest storm surge: 13.88 feet, at New York City.
• Power outages at peak: More than 8.5 million.
• Most rainfall: 12.55 inches, at Easton, Md.
• Most snow: 29 inches, at Redhouse, Md.
The impact on the campground industry is uncertain because communications to many areas remain cut off.
To read the full report compiled by Woodall’s Campground Management click here.