Hurricane Sandy has already set the new high-water mark in New York City by an additional three feet, flooding the subways and leaving hundreds of thousands without power. Other major coastal centers from Boston to Washington have also felt Sandy’s brute force. The storm’s impact stretched across the Northeast, shutting down schools all the way to Shaker Heights, Ohio.
But the Northeast is more than just a major concentration of the nation’s population and economy. It is also the country’s logistical hub. And that causes the devastation here in the Eastern Time Zone to ripple across the world in every conceivable direction.
In this modern era of global interconnectivity, Sandy is part of a new breed: the global storm.