Published on 10-30-2012 07:30 AM
As the East Coast takes a beating from Hurricane Sandy, a growing number of residents have seen fit to ride things out by gathering around the television set. But they’re not keeping their eyes glued to Weather Channel – they’re passing the time by catching up on movies and television shows through Netflix. According to information from Netflix spokesman Joris Evers, online viewing increased by 20 percent since the days of the storm.
A large portion of that increase comes from Baltimore, Boston, New York and Washington, D.C., areas that are being hit by the "post-tropical" superstorm. Children’s titles make up a significant portion of that increase, suggesting that parents are keeping their kids out of school until the storm passes. Hurricane Sandy is one of the largest tropical storms to strike the East Coast in recent times and it threatens to bring about plenty of physical and economical destruction. It’s estimated that this storm could cause upwards to $20 billion in economic damage.