Numbers Analysis

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An article published by Reuters on Sunday assesses the damages caused by Superstorm Sandy. The use of numbers is essential to telling this story. The article cites the death toll with an exact figure (121), and uses approximate numbers to express the financial damage caused (an estimated $50 billion), the number of power outages (about 167,000 currently), and the amount of water that flooded a tunnel in Brooklyn (an estimated 43 million gallons).
Numbers are also used when referring to the relief efforts. The number of items distributed to those affected are expressed in with approximate numbers (2 million meals, 50,000 coats, etc.).
The reporters who compiled this story used numbers as a way to express the enormity of the news story they are covering. This story continues to affect the lives of many people in the nation's most densely-populated region. The numbers cited often segue the story into new directions, which works well in this case.
"Authorities" and "officials" are the sources for the majority of these numbers. The U.S. Energy Department is cited specifically, but outside of that reference, the sourcing is vague.
The use of numerals is a bit overwhelming in this article. While some numbers are essential (death toll, cost), others are not (gallons of water). An article about a story with such a wide range of implications is bound contain a lot of numbers, and for the most part, this article does a fine job of informing the reader of the widespread devastation caused by the storm.

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