10 years ago, Superstorm Sandy was a spooky Halloween storm


It was neither a trick nor a treat, but 10 years ago the remnants of Super Hurricane Sandy brought three days of wind, flooding and even snow to northeast Ohio.

What do you want to know

  • It’s the 10th anniversary of the remains of Superstorm Sandy in Northern Ohio
  • Sandy collided with a cold front
  • Cleveland experienced three days of wind, flooding and rain
  • More than a quarter of a million Ohioans have lost power

Super hurricane Sandy was one of the costliest hurricanes in United States history. He was responsible for more than $60 billion in damage in New Jersey and New York.

But the remnants of Superstorm Sandy also wreaked havoc on northeast Ohio a decade ago.

From October 29 to 31, 2012, northeast Ohio experienced high winds, heavy rain, and snow, but the main impact came from the wind.


Cleveland Hopkins Airport recorded a 68 mph wind gust the night of the 29th.

Two things contributed to the extent of destruction and damage caused by Super Hurricane Sandy in northeast Ohio.

First, it linked with a cold front and second, the mild water temperature of Lake Erie created even more instability.

Cleveland-area marinas were particularly hard hit. According to the Cleveland National Weather Service, more than 100 boats in Cleveland have been sunk or destroyed.

At the height of the winds, the waves on Lake Erie reached 15 to 18 feet high. These waves shut down I-90 for a time just east of Cleveland.

Heavy rain was another problem. While many places picked up around 2 inches of rain that caused the river to flood, parts of northwest and central Ohio picked up a few inches of snow.

Even though Superstorm Sandy is best known for its damage on the East Coast, it’s definitely a storm to remember for northeast Ohio.

Many communities had to cancel or postpone stuff or treats without electricity in schools and homes of more than 250,000 people.

On this 10th anniversary, we are seeing a much less “frightening” forecast with light rain and normal high temperatures.

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