su·​per·​storm | \ ˈsü-pər-ˌstȯrm How to pronounce superstorm (audio) \

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

Examples of superstorm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Massachusetts Port Authority started looking closely at the impact of climate change after the damaging superstorm Sandy hit the U.S. Northeast in 2012. Erica E. Phillips, WSJ, "Storms Trigger a Surge in Boston Infrastructure Plans," 11 Feb. 2019 Related But those benefits lapsed, and taxpayers affected by superstorm Sandy in 2012 in New York and New Jersey never got enough support in Congress for tax relief. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "After Scattered Efforts, Congress Weighs Blanket Tax Breaks for Disaster Victims," 20 June 2019 Set in a near-future New York City, Alex DiFrancesco’s All City follows the plight of two people who survive when a superstorm hits: Makayla, a store clerk, and Jesse, a genderqueer anarchist. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "11 new science fiction and fantasy books to check out in late June," 15 June 2019 The installation will be funded by a mixture of state and federal grants made available after superstorm Sandy in 2012. Kate King, WSJ, "Suffolk County to Use Post-Sandy Funding on Sewer Project," 7 Feb. 2019 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

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1919, in the meaning defined above

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