Superstorm Sandy tore across Long Island 10 years ago, bringing 30-foot high waves and destruction from which many locals are still recovering. While Sandy may have been the most damaging storm in our history, it certainly wasn't the first. From the legendary "Long Island Express" to more than 33 inches of snow in the blizzard of 2013, Long Islanders have weathered it all. NewsdayTV's Shari Einhorn and meteorologist Bill Korbel look back at more than a century of Monster Storms of Long Island.
#10: A mega snowstorm that killed 6 people
During the blizzard of 2016, snowfall rates approached 6" per hour. Roads were closed and the LIRR shut down in the storm that ultimately killed 6 Long Islanders.
#9: The hurricane that made Montauk an island — briefly
After Carol made landfall on the East End, Montauk was turned into an island for several days as local roads were submerged. Boats sank in at the Yacht Club. There was $5 million in property damage.
#7: 2 feet of snow and 75 mph winds in 1978
Long Island was paralyzed when more than 2 feet of snow fell. Ronkonkoma got 24" and there were 75 mph winds. It took days to dig out.
#5: Hundreds of cars abandoned in almost 3 feet of snow
Medford got 33.5 inches of snow. Roads were impassable and hundreds of cars were abandoned on local roadways. 26 miles of the LIE were closed. Flights were cancelled.
#4: Reagan declares LI a disaster area after Gloria
The last hurricane where the eye hit Long Island. There were 11 deaths on LI due mostly to falling trees. There was $285 million in damage. 750,000 had no power for weeks.