‘Secret Santa’ storms through Sandy-battered New York handing $100 bills to strangers
A wealthy Missouri man posing as “Secret Santa” stunned New Yorkers, handing $100 bills to many in Staten Island who had lost everything to Superstorm Sandy.
The Kansas City businessman is giving away $100,000 this holiday season, and spent the day in New Jersey and New York giving away thousands. But he says money is not the issue.
“The money is not the point at all,” said the anonymous benefactor on Thursday as he walked up to surprised Staten Island residents and thrust crisp bills into their hands. “It’s about the random acts of kindness. I’m just setting an example, and if 10 per cent of the people who see me emulate what I’m doing, anybody can be a Secret Santa!” (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)
Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC brings festive mood to areas smashed by Superstorm Sandy
The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade kicked off in New York on Thursday, putting a festive mood in the air in a city still coping with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
The American harvest holiday came as portions of the Northeast still were reeling from Sandy’s havoc, and volunteers planned to serve thousands of turkey dinners to people it left homeless or struggling. (Reuters)
Anger and violence breaks out at gas stations as fuel shortages hit Sandy recovery
Superstorm Sandy damaged ports that accept fuel tankers and flooded underground equipment that sends fuel through pipelines. Without power, fuel terminals can’t pump gasoline onto tanker trucks, and gas stations can’t pump fuel into customers’ cars.
The Port of New York and New Jersey was slowly starting to accept tankers, but some cargo was being diverted to the Port of Virginia. Federal requirements for low-smog gasoline have been lifted, and fuel trucks are on their way to the area. (Photos: AP Photo; Reuters; AFP/Getty Images)
Sandy’s wrath: N.J. flooded, 50 N.Y. houses burn, millions powerless, blizzard strikes
Millions of people in the eastern United States awoke on Tuesday to flooded homes, fallen trees and widespread power outages caused by the giant storm Sandy, which swamped New York City’s subway system and submerged streets in Manhattan’s financial district.
• 50 houses burn to ground in NYC neighbourhood
• Three New Jersey towns flood when natural levee broken
• Blizzard hits West Virginia
• NYC’s subways face ‘worst disaster’ in 108 year history
At least 15 people were reported killed in the United States by Sandy, one of the biggest storms to ever hit the country, which dropped just below hurricane status before making landfall on Monday night in New Jersey. (Photos: AP Photo; Getty; Reuters)
Hurricane Sandy morphs into winter cyclone as massive storm’s reach spreads
The storm called Sandy messily morphed from hurricane into hybrid storm, losing the hurricane part of its name, but not the weather mayhem surrounding it.
The National Hurricane Center officially pronounced the storm a “post-tropical” cyclone Monday evening, as the centre of Sandy perched 32 miles south of Atlantic City, knocking at the coast’s door. The change is part of a transition into a more diffuse storm that is bigger and sloppier, even as its force weakened.
Sandy continues to merge with what was once two cold weather systems already dumping snow in West Virginia, forming what the hurricane centre calls post-tropical and others call Frankenstorm or Perfect Storm 2. Whatever name it visits as, it isn’t leaving the Eastern U.S. anytime soon.
(Top) A flooded street in Atlantic City, New Jersey, is seen at nightfall on October 29, 2012. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
(Bottom) Rising water, caused by Hurricane Sandy, rushes into a subterranian parking garage on October 29, 2012, in the Financial District of New York. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)