Reliving The Final Moments Before Superstorm Sandy

Reliving The Final Moments Before Superstorm Sandy

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PHILADELPHIA -

All week, we'll take a look at how we prepared, reacted and the struggles now facing thousands of families. We started our series of coverage Sunday night with a look back as Sandy bore down on us.

One year ago this week, Superstorm Sandy had us in her grips.

It all began on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. We knew her that day as Tropical Storm Sandy, which made landfall in Jamaica as a category-1 hurricane, then intensified, slamming into Cuba as a category-2 storm.

As she weakened, we watched and we waited. Would she take a track out to sea or turn toward Delaware and the Jersey Shore?

Each day, the track grew clearer.

FOX 29 Chief Meteorologist Scott Williams showed that the project track at that time "continues the trend in southern sections of Jersey."

"Don't try to go out there and be a hero, or act as if there's nothing going on here," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said at the time.

Standing on the coast, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell said, "If you're near the coast, if you're within three-quarters of a mile of the coast down at the beaches, you've got to get away."

Our region would take a direct hit from Sandy.

"Contact your friends and family now as part of your emergency plan," Mayor Michael Nutter urged residents.

In the city, we prepared. At the shore, we braced ourselves. Some left, and some stayed as Sandy roared her way north.

On the evening of Oct. 29, she moved ashore just north of Atlantic City as a post-tropical cyclone with hurricane-force winds. Now, we simply call her a "superstorm."

People in parts of Delaware, Philadelphia and other areas inland breathed a sigh of relief. Some lost things, but down the shore and stretching north to parts of New York, some lost all.

Damage today from Superstorm Sandy totals at least $65 billion across the United States, with insurance claims still being processed and paid.

The number of people killed in Sandy's wake was 125 in the U.S. alone

The number of people still impacted by her every day is untold.

"It's just surreal. It's almost like it's not even happening. It's just very heartbreaking," one victim told us.

"I don't know what to day," said another, who had just seen the damage to a home. "Spent too many years there to see it in this condition."

"We will get up, and we'll get this thing rebuilt, and we'll put things back together," Christie said after the storm.

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