(AP) – Hurricane Sandy, after killing at least 69 people in the Caribbean, streamed northward, merged with two wintry weather systems and socked the Northeast, mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes with wind, waves, rain and snow. Some figures associated with Sandy’s rampage through the U.S., as of Wednesday night:
_ Maximum size of storm: 1,000 miles across
_ Highest storm surge: 14.6 feet at Bergen Point, N.J.
_ Number of states seeing intense effects of the storm: At least 17
_ Deaths: At least 74
_ Damage: Estimated property losses at $20 billion, ranking the storm among the most expensive U.S. disasters
_ Top wind gust on land in the U.S.: 90 mph Islip, N.Y., and Robbins Reef, N.J.
_ Power outages at peak: More than 8.5 million
_ Canceled airline flights: More than 19,500
_ Most rainfall: 12.55 inches, at Easton, Md.
_ Most snow: 34 inches at Gatlinburg, Tenn.
_ Evacuation zone: Included communities in more than 400 miles of coastline from Ocean City, Md., to Dartmouth, Mass.
Sources: National Weather Service, FlightAware, Weather Underground, AP reporting
(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)