Hurricane Sandy left much of the upper East Coast devastated by rain, wind and rising tides. The residents of Rockaway Beach, New York, experienced the power of the storm firsthand. When Hurricane Sandy hit Rockaway Beach, the storm surge left the 53rd Street Substation under 5.5 ft (1.6 m) of water according to the local power authority. The 53rd Street Substation was an air-insulated metal-clad design. When the storm surge entered the metal-clad switchgear, the result was a substation ...

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