Hurricane Sandy Winners And Losers


Cruise Lines: As separately reported by ABC News, the hurricane disrupted the schedules of cruise ships coming or going from East coast ports. Norwegian Cruise Line's Gem departed New York Oct. 20 for a nine-day Caribbean cruise. It was due to return on the Oct. 29 but could not, because of the closures of New York harbor. Passengers had to kill time at sea, waiting for the storm to clear and the port to reopen.

Five nuclear power plants in Sandy's path experienced storm-related problems: The Indian Point plant in Buchanan, N.Y., 40 miles from Manhattan, was forced to shut down power, according to ABC News. The plant's operator, Entergy, attributed the shutdown to "an electrical grid disturbance" stemming from the storm.

Viacom-Comedy Central: With studios in flood-prone lower Manhattan, producers had to cancel tapings of such hit shows as "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and the "Colbert Report."

Insurers: Sandy could cost up to $50 billion, and insurers are bracing for "a flood of storm claims," according to The Boston Globe. Liberty Mutual, the largest property insurer based in Boston, has been moving some of its adjusters from other parts of the country east, in anticipation of the claims explosion, the newspaper reported. "We anticipate a significant call volume over the next few days," a company spokesman said. "This [was] a 1,000-mile storm."

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