NBC’s Hurricane Sandy Telethon Rakes Up $23 Million In Pledges
NBC recently declared that its benefit concert for Superstorm Sandy victims drew nearly $23 million in donations to the American Red Cross. New Jersey natives Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi and Billy Joel of New York’s Long Island were among the performers at Friday’s hour-long telethon. Others who took part in the special included Sting, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige and comedians Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon.
All in all it was star-studded do which attracted millions of eyeballs. NBC News anchor Brian Williams and “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart also recounted their years as a youth, growing up in New Jersey. “Today” show anchor Matt Lauer hosted the event, which was held at NBC’s studios at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Sandy was the largest Atlantic hurricane on record. In the United States, Hurricane Sandy affected at least 24 states, from Florida to Maine and west to Michigan and Wisconsin, with particularly severe damage in New Jersey and New York. Its storm surge hit New York City on October 29, flooding streets, tunnels and subway lines and cutting power in and around the city.
Over twenty states were in one way or another affected by Sandy in the United States. The hurricane caused billions of dollars in damage in the United States, destroyed thousands of homes, left millions without electric service, and killed over a hundred. Storm damage is projected to reach $50 billion, meaning it could be one of the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history. On November 2, the American Red Cross announced they have 4,000 disaster workers across storm damaged areas, with thousands more en route from other states.
Nearly 7,000 people spent the night in emergency shelters across the region. Global warming’s influence on the storm is the subject of ongoing media discussion. Mark Fischetti of Scientific American proposed has argued that the melting of Arctic ice caused a negative North Atlantic Oscillation, which fueled the expansion of Sandy by pushing the jet stream south. National Center for Atmospheric Research has said “natural variability and weather has provided perhaps the optimal conditions of a hurricane running into extra-tropical conditions to make for a huge intense storm, enhanced by global warming influences.”
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