RMS: Too soon to tell on Sandy

RMS begs off on a Sandy estimate, citing power outages:

The speed at which power is restored and the pumping of floodwaters from basements and subways, for example, “remain major unknowns,” [RMS VP Claire] Souch says. Extensive standing water has been shown in previous events to lead to a phenomenon known as “vulnerability deterioration,” as the water seeps further into building’s structures, she says.

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