su·​per·​storm | \ ˈsü-pər-ˌstȯrm \

Definition of superstorm

: a very large and powerful storm Superstorm Sandy was no freak, say experts, but rather a hint of a coming era when millions of Americans will struggle to survive killer weather. They're telling us we shouldn't be surprised that this 900-mile-wide monster marched up the East Coast this week paralyzing cities and claiming scores of lives.— Tim Lister

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In 2012, the tunnel under the East River flooded with seven million gallons of saltwater during superstorm Sandy. Paul Berger, WSJ, "How Engineers Working Pro Bono Solved New York’s Toughest Subway Problem," 6 Jan. 2019 Watch the video above to see how New York is preparing for the next superstorm — and whether the city will be ready. William Poor, The Verge, "How New York is prepping for the next superstorm, six years after Hurricane Sandy," 24 July 2018 Parts of Long Island City are also located in a hurricane evacuation zone, and streets and buildings flooded during superstorm Sandy in 2012. Katie Honan, WSJ, "Amazon’s Attention Raises Hopes, Fears for Long Island City," 7 Nov. 2018 During the closure, the MTA will repair an East River tunnel that was damaged during superstorm Sandy in 2012. Paul Berger, WSJ, "MTA Postpones Platform-Safety Pilot Program," 26 June 2018 The beach and dunes, built with millions of dollars after superstorm Sandy in 2012, are eroding rapidly at several points along the oceanside of Rockaway, according to a study conducted by the New York City Parks Department. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "Rockaway Residents Worry About Beach Closings," 3 June 2018 Sandy may have been a superstorm, but a utility company says last week’s combination of tornadoes and a macroburst caused more damage to some of the state’s electrical system. Dave Altimari,, "Utility Company Says Tuesday's Storm Caused More Damage To State's Electrical System Than Superstorm Sandy," 20 May 2018 From hurricane Katrina, superstorm Sandy, and more recently, hurricane Harvey, relief officials have been absorbing lessons for future prevention of and response to storm damage. Whitney Eulich, The Christian Science Monitor, "Months after Maria, Puerto Ricans take recovery into their own hands," 7 May 2018 In addition to track problems at Penn Station, the railroad also suffers frequent disruptions because of flood damage from superstorm Sandy to East River rail tunnels, which are also owned by Amtrak. Paul Berger, WSJ, "MTA Names Operating Chief Phil Eng as Next LIRR President," 12 Apr. 2018

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1919, in the meaning defined above

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