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Hurricane Sandy, after having claimed 60 lives in Haiti, presents a "worst case scenario" with devastating waves and tides predicted for the highly populated New York City area, according to forecasters. They dread water - which usually kills and damages more than the winds in hurricanes.
The seas will be visited by giant waves and powerful high tides. Coupled with heavy rains and flooding, the hurricane merges with a winter storm system to worsen the situation.
The storm surge energy is greater than that of the deadly 2005 Hurricane Katrina. But Katrina's destruction was concentrated in a small area, made it much worse while Sandy is spread over a wider area. Sandy's size implies that some coastal parts of New York and New Jersey may see water rise from 6 to 11 feet from surge and waves.