Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Sandy the Hurricane

In class this week we worked in groups of three, and was supposed to choose to either write about the Presidential Election, or Sandy the Hurricane. We chose Sandy the Hurricane, and we started with writing four things we knew about the case, four things we would like to find out, and four things we could to to know some more about it. 
Here are what we did:

What do we know?
1. It was one of the most powerful storms in a long time.
2. It hit New York, New Jersey, Haiti and Iceland as far as we know.
3. A lots of people are without electricity.
4. The storm has affected the presidential election.
What would we like to know?
1. How many are injured or has died totally?
2. How much has the storm cost so far?
3. Where did the hurricane begin?
4. Which place are most damaged so far?
How can we learn more about the topic?
1. Use different search methodes on internet to find information.
2. Look at some of the links to different sources we got.
3. Search for more information about hurricane/ storms and waves.
4. We can use social networks as Twitter and search hashtags for instance to find information.

Here are the answers we found to the questions under "What we would like to know"

1. How many people are dead or injured so far? 
The hurricane, Sandy, killed more than 65 peoples in Caribbean and 106 lives got lost. Sandy first hit the Caribbean, and then the USA. Threes has fell over peoples and roads. The dirty water and lack of food makes the numbers of dead rise every day because of illness like Cholera.
Later Sandy hit the west coast of USA. A water flood came with Sandy, and now all public transport and all kind of transport are down. Also in the USA threes has fell down and killed a lots of people. People has been found hanging out their windows dead. Building and cars are destroyed and there is no electricity. Peoples can’t call or go to Facebook for example, to tell their family and friends they are alive.
Numbers of injured peoples are still not published.

2. How much has the storm cost so far? 
According to IHS Global Insight, a forecasting firm believes that Sandy will end up causing about $20 billion in property damage and $10 billion to $30 billion more in lost business, making it one of the costliest natural disasters on record in the U.S., with a possible total cost of $50 billion. The Gov. Chris Christie said. "The devastation on the Jersey Shore is some of the worst we've ever seen. The cost of the storm is incalculable at this point."
The United States weren’t the only country Sandy affected. Both Cuba and Jamaica were some of the affected countries in the Caribbean, and is expected to use $88 million and $16.5 million to rebuild their countries. Haiti was also tragically touched by the storm, and while no specific number of the cost has been published, the country is suffering a great food crisis.

3 and 4. Where did the hurricane begin, and which place was most damaged?

The storm, Sandy, hit the Caribbean first, and it was Haiti who was worst hit. According to what we read Jamaica was the first to get hit, but it was still Haiti who was most affected and who got the biggest damages.

 The majority of deaths and the most extensive damage has fell upon Haiti, who was already devastated from the earthquake in 2010. The damage is especially significant since it already was 400.000 homeless people in Haiti from the earthquake in 2010, and now there are 200.000 more homeless people. On top of all this Haiti was also struggling with the aftermath of The Tropical Strom Isaac, which hit the country in August, and a cholera epidemic that killed thousands and afflicted more than half a million people.

The Hurricane hit Haiti worst, and then Jamaica and Cuba we think. As this article says, there has almost been given none attention to Haiti and the other countries in the Caribbean, only to the USA.
There has been given very much attention to the storm when it hit the USA, but almost nothing to especially Haiti who is most damaged. Lots of people are dead or injured, or without electricity in the US, but Haiti was also struggling with the damages from the earthquake in 2010 and the Tropical storm Isaac, and then they get so hit by Sandy to and gets very little attention. It’s important to help people in the USA too, but Haiti should have gotten more attention so they could get more help than they get now. Also because of the Presidential Election there is given a lot of attention to the USA, but maybe it would have been possible to wait for a little while and focus on helping all the countries who are hit? 
Heavy rains from Hurricane Sandy causes the Croix de Mission river to swell to levels that threaten to flood the homes along its bank in Port-au-Prince October 25, 2012. (Reuters/Swoan Parker)


  1. This was interesting to read! I didn't know that the hurricane hit Cuba, Jamaica and Haiti so hard. Probably because, as you wrote, all the attention was given to the USA. I also didn't know that the hurricane probably will cost 50 billion dollar. This is incredible much money!"Where did the hurricane begin and which place was most damaged?" was the question I liked the most. The reason that I liked this question was because I learned a lot and didn't know so much about it before..

  2. It's crazy how much this storm will cost America! Not only in structural damage but also for businesses. I did not know that the storm hit Haiti first. I think all the questions you have made is really good, my favorite was the total cost of the storm:)

  3. It's interesting how so many people from other countries, such as Norway, are interested in the current events happening in the United States. I liked that this blog was very informative.

  4. Very good blogpost!:) I didn't know that the hurricane had a total damaged on about 50 billion dollars, it's a lot money. Neither did I know that the hurricane hit Haiti, Jamaica and Cuba the most. The question I liked the most has to be the second one about the damage-price.

  5. Nice post! :-) I didn`t know that the hurricane hit Carribean first, and i didn`t know that the damages was so intense! Very sad right now when they are in a economic crises.

  6. great post. A lot of good information here. you could be more accurate some places in the blog like when you wrote that there was 400 000 homless in haiti and now it is 200 000 because of the storm. if you had written "more" between the two numbers the text would be easier to understand. i did not learn anything new because I have written about this subject my self.

    1. Thank you for commenting on my blog! I think I wrote "200.000 more" if you read a bit closer, but the sentence may have been bad formulated so it was difficult to see:)

  7. Great post, I did not know that the storm started in Carribean. I also liked that you focused on Haiti, Jamaica and Cuba since the press don't write as much about these places because of the damage in America.

  8. Thank you for commenting on my blog:)