Mother Nature hit us with a roundhouse kick that broke the east coasts' back in the form of a hurricane named Sandy. While his storm didn't do much in my area of Philadelphia; we had very high winds and rain that stopped by 7-8pm. There were some downed trees and bad power losses. However, it devastated New Jersey and New York.
"...the storm became the largest Atlantic hurricane on record (as measured by diameter, with winds spanning 1,100 miles (1,800 km)). Preliminary estimates of losses due to damage and business interruption are estimated at $65.6 billion (2012 USD), which would make it the second-costliest Atlantic hurricane, behind only Hurricane Katrina..."
The photographer in me wanted to ride around the city, despite orders from the Major to stay indoors, and document the destruction. These shots from New York and New Jersey would have made anything I took look like vacation photos.
Beautiful photos of terrible things.
I couldn't believe the extent of the damage. People without power, cars floating away (literally), houses, apartments, and boats demolished. The boardwalk actually ripped away and a roller coaster is underwater.
All photos from huffingtonpost.com