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  • CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: If you`ve ever organized an event, you know it can take a lot of planning.

  • What does it take to get ready for an event the whole world will watch?

  • One country is finding out, and that story is coming up.

  • First though, severe weather in Europe.

  • You see the purple on this map -- that`s a major storm.

  • It`s not a hurricane, but it did have winds as strong as a hurricane.

  • Moving in a little closer, you can see that this storm hit southern England really hard.

  • It also swept across parts of France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

  • This video gives an idea of how strong the winds work.

  • The storm led to at least two deaths, 220,000 homes lost power in England.

  • Officials worried about the possibility of flooding.

  • The recovery process in England is getting started.

  • In the Northeastern U.S., the recovery process is still going, one year after a devastating storm hit that region.

  • Sandy made landfall in southern New Jersey on this day last year.

  • It`s responsible for 117 deaths across more than six U.S. states and 69 more deaths in Canada and the Caribbean.

  • Officials estimate that Sandy caused tens of billions of dollars in damage along the U.S. East Cost.

  • When a hurricane hits, one of the biggest threats is the storm surge.

  • Those are the waves that come in from the ocean.

  • When a storm makes landfall at an oblique angle like you see here, the storm surge is more spread out.

  • So, it`s a wider area, but less intense.

  • Sandy made landfall at more of a perpendicular angle.

  • In fact, it was closer to perpendicular than any hurricane on the record.

  • That kept the storm surge more contained, but it also made it more intense:

  • one wave in New York harbor was measured at more than 32 feet tall.

  • During its journey through the Atlantic, Sandy was a hurricane, right before it made landfall, it was reclassified as a post-tropical cyclone.

  • That`s why some people refer to it as Superstorm Sandy.

  • Losing hurricane status also meant the loss of hurricane watches and warnings.

  • Since then, the National Weather Service changed its warning guidelines.

  • Now, warnings and watches can be issued or stayed in effect after a hurricane becomes a post-tropical storm.

  • In these pictures, you can see the damage from Sandy on the left, and on the right, sign to the rebuilding efforts in the year since the storm hit.

  • And the determination that many Sandy victims display.

  • ALEXANDRA FIELD, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The power never came back on at Allie Hagen`s place.

  • ALLIE HAGEN, HOMEOWNER: We had a beautiful front deck.

  • FIELD: Her house in Breezy Point withstood the storm, but it burnt in the fire that torched her neighborhood after it seemed the worst had passed.

  • HAGEN: I love you, love you, love you. How are you?

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I miss you.

  • FIELD: Hagen hopes that in another year she`ll be back here. There`s a word for people like her.

  • DENNIS CHARNEY, AUTHOR: It`s one of those things that if you meet somebody who`s resilient, you kind of know it.

  • FIELD: For more than 20 years, Dr. Dennis Charney has been studying the science behind resilience.

  • In his book co-authored with Dr. Steven Southwick, they tackled the question,

  • why is it that some people seem to naturally bend without breaking?

  • Charney says, it`s partially genetic.

  • But we can all learn to adapt traits that would make us more resilient, like optimism and altruism.

  • CHARNEY: People who are altruistic and get back to others, that helps them in their own recovery.

  • FIELD: Consider the survivors of 9/11.

  • Or Hurricane Katrina. Those who put others first. Now, consider the faces of Super Storm Sandy.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Many of these employees have been with us for ten, 20, 30 years.

  • FIELD: Knowing people were counting on him gave Jorge Farber the steam to get up and get half of his chocolate factory back open.

  • HAGEN: These were basement windows.

  • FIELD: For Allie Hagen, it was about her neighbors.

  • She helped organize the support group of source to rebuild it together.

  • HAGEN: Oh, my goodness. We`ve had, you know, 50, 60 people. We have email chains. We`re talking to each other all the time.

  • FIELD: Charney says their studies prove role models and support systems increase the odds of weathering any of life`s storms.

  • CHARNEY: If you are working together as a team to overcome a community tragedy or city tragedy, it makes it a lot easier.

  • FIELD: A lot happened to Allie Hagen last year, but she`s determined to do a lot more next year.

  • AZUZ: It`s time for "The Shoutout."

  • Which of these events happened in 1929?

  • If you think you know it, shout it out!

  • Was it, Mount Everest summited? Stock market crashed? First Winter Olympics held or Herbert Hoover elected?

  • You`ve got three seconds, go!

  • The stock market crashed on Black Tuesday, October 29th, 1929.

  • That`s your answer and that`s your "Shoutout."

  • That was 84 years ago today.

  • The stock market had seen a few days of wild selling and buying beforehand, but on October 28th and 29th the bottom fell out.

  • Billions of dollars were lost.

  • Billions. And this was at a time when a car cost around 400 bucks.

  • Some investors lost everything they had.

  • Americans rushed to banks to get their savings out, and that caused banks to fail.

  • Despite the attempts of President Hoover and other U.S. government officials to reassure Americans saying, this was just a temporary problem with the stock market,

  • the prosperity was just around the corner, the dawn of the Great Depression had arrived.

  • It would meet unemployment rates as high as 25 percent.

  • It would spread poverty around the world.

  • And it would last until World War II.

  • Time for a shoutout extra credit.

  • Which of these events happened in 1924.

  • You know what to do, was it, Mount Everest summited? Stock market crashed? First Winter Olympics held or Herbert Hoover elected?

  • Put another three seconds on the clock and go!

  • The French Alps hosted the first Winter Olympics in 1924.

  • That`s your answer and that`s your "Shoutout" extra credit.

  • France has hosted the Winter Olympics twice since then, the U.S. has been home to four winner games, but Russia has never hosted a Winter Olympics.

  • That will change in February, when athletes from around the world gather in Sochi for the 2014 games.

  • Opening ceremonies are about 100 days away, but is Sochi ready for its close up?

  • PHIL BLACK, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The Sochi`s Olympic bid had one fairly significant witness: no existing sporting facilities.

  • Organizers have tried to turn that into a strength by designing from scratch the ideal model for Olympic venues.

  • This is what they came up with. Two clusters.

  • One by the coast, one in the mountains, a new road and rail line linking the two.

  • Compact. Efficient. No big travel times between venues.

  • The fifth stadium the stage for the opening ceremony doesn`t like it`s going to be ready soon.

  • Sochi`s unpredictable weather and the people directing the opening ceremony have forced big changes on the design during construction.

  • It was supposed to be open, with views of the sea on one side, mountains on the other.

  • But it`s now getting a roof.

  • Russia isn`t a country known for its efficiency.

  • Building all this on time will be a statement to the world.

  • It`s why President Vladimir Putin is taking such a personal interest.

  • Getting the venues ready isn`t Sochi`s only challenge.

  • The whole city was run down, neglected with little investments since the Soviet era.

  • It`s getting a major overhaul, which doesn`t look like it could possibly be ready soon.

  • The skyline is a mess of cranes and partially completed buildings, many of them much-needed hotels.

  • And then there`s the traffic. Ask any local. It`s often appalling.

  • There are some unusual signs around this Olympic city.

  • Like this mysterious and growing military facility near the coastal venues.

  • Security, always a big Olympic concern, is even more so here.

  • Islamic militants fighting an insurgency not far from Sochi have sworn to disrupt the games.

  • And on the naked, pre-winter slopes, you see these huge silver mounts.

  • In these technically subtropical climate, snowfall can be patching.

  • So, organizers are storing vast amounts of last season`s snow just in case.

  • Russia was promising an Olympics unlike any the world has seen.

  • So different is this city from previous hosts, so great the challenges, it would be difficult not to deliver on that promise.

  • Phil Black, CNN, Sochi.

  • AZUZ: It`s time to say "Hello, hot" to the "Roll Call."

  • There`s not one lone star in this segment.

  • We like to spread the sunshine. You figured out where are we going?

  • The sunshine state and the Lake Howell High School (inaudible) in Winter Park, Florida.

  • The Lone Star state, how about these falcons from Los Fresnos High School in Texas?

  • And (inaudible) state. So, we can say "Hello, hot" to the Eagles from Hawaii Baptist Academy and Honolulu. Aloha!

  • You can relate to this next story, if you`ve ever had a favorite shirt.

  • This is David Pell`s (ph). It`s a green bay Packer`s jersey, at least that`s what it started as.

  • Now, the names worn off the back, the numbers on the sleeves are pretty faded.

  • That`s bound to happen when you wear the same shirt for three years in a row.

  • David`s going for a record. And yes, the shirt does get hand-cleaned every other night.

  • A record and recognition versus three years of the same shirt, it might be a wash.

  • David has one year and goal to go, then he can take off the shirt and pack it away.

  • It`s time for us to take a hike. Have a great day!

  • END

CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: If you`ve ever organized an event, you know it can take a lot of planning.

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