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Early warning

State leaders warned three decades ago of dangers of superstorm

The South Ferry subway station in New York City is filled with seawater and debris from Superstorm Sandy in this Oct. 30 photo provided by New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
The South Ferry subway station in New York City is filled with seawater and debris from Superstorm Sandy in this Oct. 30 photo provided by New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
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More than three decades before Superstorm Sandy, a state law and a series of legislative reports began warning New York politicians to prepare for a storm of historic proportions. Officials spelled out scenarios eerily similar to what actually happened: a towering storm surge, overwhelming flooding, swamped subway lines, widespread power outages. The Rockaway peninsula was deemed among the “most at risk.” But most of the warnings and a requirement in a 1978 law to create ...


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