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How Sandy went from ‘boring’ to killer superstorm

People gathered Sunday in Queens to observe a moment of silence two days before the one-year anniversary of the storm.
People gathered Sunday in Queens to observe a moment of silence two days before the one-year anniversary of the storm.Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

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WASHINGTON — In the year since Hurricane 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.

Put simply, 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. And just like Katrina seven years earlier, Sandy caused so much havoc because of its record girth,

Sandy caused at least 182 deaths and $65 billion in damage in the United States, the second-costliest weather disaster in American history behind only Katrina,

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