Published: Jun 28, 2013 4:42 PM EDT

HURRICANE CENTRAL - While Southwest Florida has not seen a major hurricane since Wilma eight years ago, the same can't be said for the rest of the country. One of the biggest weather headlines of 2012 was Superstorm Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy was a classic late season hurricane when it passed through the Caribbean Sea in October of last year. It was a category 1 when it hit Jamaica, grew to a major category 3 by the time it hit Eastern Cuba and shocked the Northeastern U.S. when it merged with a frontal system just hours before making landfall in New Jersey.

Because of its tremendous size, Superstorm Sandy's surge caused catastrophic damage to both the New Jersey and New York coastlines. In Seaside Heights, New Jersey the iconic amusement park stood in ruins with the roller coaster driven into the sea.

In Breezy Point, New York you can see the footprints of where houses used to be after walls of seawater shoved homes and cars inland and left entire neighborhoods in ruins.

Damage totaled at least $50 billion in the U.S., second only to Katrina in terms of property damage. There were 147 deaths reported overall.