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Hurricane Sandy

"Superstorm Sandy" was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season. It may have been the worst of Mother Nature, but it brought out the best of human nature.

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    SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ - OCTOBER 31: Surf rolls past a destroyed roller coaster wrecked by Superstorm Sandy on October 31, 2012 in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. At least 50 people were reportedly killed in the U.S. by Sandy with New Jersey suffering massive damage and power outages. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 4: A fan of the New York Giants holds up a sign thanking first responders in the Staten Island borough of New York City that was ravaged during Superstorm Sandy as she watches the Giants play the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth quarter during an NFL game at MetLife Stadium on November 4, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Steelers defeated the Giants 24-20. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03: Doctor Rosanna Troia is consoled by volunteers while helping clean out her mother's home in the Midland Beach neighborhood of Staten Island on November 3, 2012 in New York City. As clean up efforts from Superstorm Sandy continue, colder weather and another storm predicted for next week are beginning to make some worried. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03: Members of the US Air Force National Guard patrol the Midland Beach neighborhood of Staten Island, looking for those in need of food, water or clothing, on November 3, 2012 in New York City. As clean up efforts from Superstorm Sandy continue, colder weather and another storm predicted for next week are beginning to make some worried. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03: A woman waits in line for free gasoline distributed by the National Guard at the Armory on November 3, 2012 of Staten Island borough of New York City. With the death toll currently over 100 and millions of homes and businesses without power, the U.S. East Coast is attempting to recover from the effects of floods, fires and power outages brought on by Superstorm Sandy. New Jersey has begun rationing gas and the Department of Defense will be setting up mobile gas stations in New York City and Long Island. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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    HOBOKEN, NJ - NOVEMBER 04: A congregant of Our Lady of Grace church prays during mass on November 4, 2012 in Hoboken, New Jersey. Areas affected by Superstorm Sandy, including Hoboken, are attempting to return to normal, but a lack of water and electricity, as well as cold weather, continueto plague much of the area. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: People pray during a Christian service highlighting the pleight of hurricane survivors at the International Christian Center on November 2, 2012 in the Staten Island borough of New York City. Hundreds of thousands of people in Staten Island remained without electricity in Staten Island, although power was restored Friday to parts of lower Manhatten. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: Members of the Rude Mechanical Orchestra perform an impromptu jam session on the Avenue C shortly after power was restored in Manhattan's East Village on November 2, 2012 in New York City. Millions of customers in New Jersey and New York remain without power following Superstorm Sandy as colder weather approaches. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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    A sign directs people to a cell phone charging area, where power strips are attached to a generator powered by two men on a tandem bicycle on Avenue C in the East Village November 1, 2012 in New York as the city recovers from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. This is a neighborhood is in the area of Mahattan without power. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA
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    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 2: A line for gas stretches for blocks on 10th Avenue in the early morning hours of November 2, 2012 in New York City. Limited public transit has returned to New York. With the death toll continuing to rise and millions of homes and businesses without power, the U.S. east coast is attempting to recover from the effects of floods, fires and power outages brought on by Superstorm Sandy. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
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    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: People ride an escalator in Penn Station during the morning rush on November 2, 2012 in New York City. Train service is slowly returning for residents following massive disruption by Superstorm Sandy. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: People wait to board a Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) train in Penn Station during the morning rush on November 2, 2012 in New York City. Train service is slowly returning for residents following massive disruption by Superstorm Sandy. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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    A woman looks at messages about Hurricane Sandy that are posted in the window of a Fishs Eddy houseware store November 2, 2012 in New York as the city recovers from the effects of the storm. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Glenn Ferro (L) hands a drink to a man as he helps distribute donated food as part of the Street Life Ministries on Avenue A in the East Village November 1, 2012 in New York as the city recovers from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
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    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: A sign marks the front door of a condemned house on November 1, 2012 in the Ocean Breeze area of the Staten Island borough of New York City. Most homes in the seaside community were inundated by the ocean surge caused by Superstorm Sandy. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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    Cell phones plugged into power strips attached to a generator powered by two men on a tandem bicycle on Avenue C in the East Village November 1, 2012 in New York as the city recovers from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. This neighborhood is in the area of Manhattan without any electrical power. The power station is in front of The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, which has postponed their scheduled opening this month due to the storm. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
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    HOBOKEN, NJ - NOVEMBER 01: People rest and charge devices at a shelter for those affected by Superstorm Sandy at Saints Peter and Paul Church on November 1, 2012 in Hoboken, New Jersey. Although flooding has subsided in Hoboken, many remain without power. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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    HIGHLANDS, NJ - NOVEMBER 01: Regina Yahara-Splain wipes her eyes while cleaning her house, which was damaged by Superstorm Sandy on November 1, 2012 in Highlands, New Jersey. Superstorm Sandy, which has left millions without power or water, continues to affect business and daily life throughout much of the eastern seaboard. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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    People board the NY Waterways ferry with the Manhattan skyline in the background November 1, 2012 in Hoboken, New Jersey. Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall along the New Jersey shore, left parts of the state and the surrounding area without power including much of lower Manhattan south of 34th Street. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI
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    A view of the Empire State Building and a partially powered Manhattan November 1, 2012 in Hoboken, New Jersey. Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall along the New Jersey shore, left parts of the state and the surrounding area without power including much of lower Manhattan south of 34th Street. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI
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    SAYREVILLE, NJ - OCTOBER 31: People wait in line with gas canisters at a Hess gas station on October 31, 2012 in Sayreville, New Jersey. Many gas stations in Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties, and elsewhere in New Jersey are closed and sold out of gasoline due to extensive power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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    National Guard soldiers walk to Bellevue Hospital during a planned evacuation of the hospital October 31, 2012 in New York. Bellevue Hospital, the oldest in the country, decided to evacuate its remaining 500 patients on Wednesday after flooding inundated the basement and knocked out electricity. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA
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    A woman tries to hail a taxi on First Avenue October 31, 2012 in New York. Yellow cabs were allowed to pick up multiple fares due to limited public transportation as a result of Hurricane Sandy. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA
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    Destruction after fire in Breezy Point, Queens. PHOTO: New York City Fire Department (FDNY)
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    A man rides a skateboard down First Avenue October 31, 2012 in New York as subway service is still suspended due to Hurricane Sandy. AFP PHOTO/STAN HONDA
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    Destruction after fire in Breezy Point, Queens. PHOTO: New York City Fire Department (FDNY)
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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Firefighters break up a bonfire October 31, 2012 in New York City. At least 15 people were reported killed in the United States by Sandy as millions of people in the eastern United States deal with widespread power outages, flooded homes and downed trees. New York City was hit especially hard with wide-spread power outages and significant flooding in parts of the city. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
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    The fire in Breezy Point, Queens overnight from Oct. 29-30. PHOTO: New York City Fire Department (FDNY)
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    National Guard soldiers walk past ambulances at Bellevue Hospital during a planned evacuation October 31, 2012 in New York. Bellevue Hospital, the oldest in the country, decided to evacuate its remaining 500 patients on Wednesday after flooding inundated the basement and knocked out electricity. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA
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    The fire in Breezy Point, Queens overnight from Oct. 29-30.Crane boom dangling off 157 West 57th St., in Manhattan, as Hurricane Sandy hit New York on Oct. 29.
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    Generations knew this cozy beachfront community. Homes lost, memories treasured #SandyABC7 @eyewitnessnyc pic.twitter.com/iyoPFb88 Tim Fleischer
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    Crane boom dangling off 157 West 57th St., in Manhattan, as Hurricane Sandy hit New York on Oct. 29. Crane boom dangling off 157 West 57th St., in Manhattan, as Hurricane Sandy hit New York on Oct. 29.
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    HOBOKEN, NJ - OCTOBER 30: Taxis sit in a flooded lot after Hurricane Sandy October 30, 2012 in Hoboken, New Jersey. The storm has claimed at least 40 lives in the United States and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. U.S. President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the U.S. east coast, including New York City, with widespread power outages and significant flooding in parts of the city. (Photo by Michael Bocchieri/Getty Images)
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    Patients are taken to ambulances at Bellevue Hospital during a planned evacuation October 31, 2012 in New York. Bellevue Hospital, the oldest in the country, decided to evacuate its remaining 500 patients on Wednesday after flooding inundated the basement and knocked out electricity. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA
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    SAYREVILLE, NJ - OCTOBER 31: People wait in line with gas canisters at a Hess gas station on October 31, 2012 in Sayreville, New Jersey. Many gas stations in Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties and elsewhere in New Jersey are closed and sold out of gas because of extensive power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy and demand for fuel. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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    A man uses his phone while charging it with others from a wire from a home that did not lose power on October 31, 2012 in Hoboken, New Jersey. Hurricane Sandy which made landfall along the New Jersey shore, has left parts of the state and the surrounding area flooded and without power. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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    New Jersey governor Chris Christie waits to greet US President Barack Obama in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on October 31, 2012. Americans sifted through the wreckage of superstorm Sandy on Wednesday as millions remained without power. The storm carved a trail of devastation across New York City and New Jersey, killing dozens of people in several states, swamping miles of coastline, and throwing the tied-up White House race into disarray just days before the vote. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
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    A woman uses her cell phone in Grand Central Station in New York after the MTA opened up the railroad on a limited schedule, October 31, 2012 since closing Sunday night as New Yorkers cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The storm left large parts of York City without power and transportation. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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    HOBOKEN, NJ - OCTOBER 31: A member of the Army National Guard Unit Gulf 250 from Morristown, NJ evacuates victims of Hurricane Sandy October 31, 2012 in Hoboken, New Jersey. The storm has claimed many lives in the United States and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. U.S. President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the U.S. east coast, including New York City, with widespread power outages and significant flooding in parts of the city. (Photo by Michael Bocchieri/Getty Images)
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    US President Barack Obama comforts Hurricane Sandy victim Dana Vanzant as he visits a neighborhood in Brigantine, New Jersey, on October 31, 2012. Americans sifted through the wreckage of superstorm Sandy on Wednesday as millions remained without power. The storm carved a trail of devastation across New York City and New Jersey, killing dozens of people in several states, swamping miles of coastline, and throwing the tied-up White House race into disarray just days before the vote. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad
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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: A woman looks at damage in the Rockaway neighborhood where the historic boardwalk was washed away during Hurricane Sandy on October 31, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. With the death toll currently at 55 and millions of homes and businesses without power, the US east coast is attempting to recover from the affects of floods, fires and power outages brought on by Hurricane Sandy. JFK airport in New York and Newark airport in New Jersey expect to resume flights on Wednesday morning and the New York Stock Exchange commenced trading after being closed for two days. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on the first day of opening since Hurricane Sandy October 31, 2012 in New York City. The storm has claimed several dozen lives in the United States and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. U.S. President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the U.S. east coast, including New York City, with widespread power outages and significant flooding in parts of lower Manhattan and elsewhere. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
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    People wait for buses on 6th Avenue in New York on October 31, 2012 as New Yorkers cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Two New York airports and Wall Street reopen, but the crippled subway system, traffic-clogged roads and large areas still without power pose a daunting hurdle before the Big Apple can declare itself back to normal. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY
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    People wait for buses on 6th Avenue in New York on October 31, 2012 as New Yorkers cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Two New York airports and Wall Street reopen, but the crippled subway system, traffic-clogged roads and large areas still without power pose a daunting hurdle before the Big Apple can declare itself back to normal. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY
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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: People attempt to fit onto a crowded bus on First Avenue on October 31, 2012 in New York City. Residents and businesses across the eastern seaboard are attempting to return to their daily lives and normal operations as clean-up from Hurricane Sandy continues. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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    A Pakistani activist from the group Pasban lights oil lamps during a vigil for victims and those affected by hurricane Sandy in the US, in Karachi on October 31, 2012. Americans sifted through the wreckage of superstorm Sandy as millions remained without power and President Barack Obama prepared to visit areas hardest hit by the unprecedented cyclone. The storm carved a trail of devastation across New York City and New Jersey, killing dozens of people in several states, swamping miles of coastline, and throwing the tied-up White House race into disarray just days before the vote. AFP PHOTO / ASIF HASSAN
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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: The foundations to the historic Rockaway boardwalk are all that remain after it was washed away during Hurricane Sandy on October 31, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. With the death toll currently at 55 and millions of homes and businesses without power, the US east coast is attempting to recover from the affects of floods, fires and power outages brought on by Sandy. JFK airport in New York and Newark airport in New Jersey expect to resume flights on Wednesday morning and the New York Stock Exchange commenced trading after being closed for two days. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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    With limited functioning transportation options people wait for ferry tickets October 31, 2012 in Hoboken, New Jersey. Hurricane Sandy which made landfall along the New Jersey shore, has left parts of the state and the surrounding area flooded and without power. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI
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    HOBOKEN, NJ - OCTOBER 30: Taxis sit in a flooded lot after Hurricane Sandy October 30, 2012 in Hoboken, New Jersey. The storm has claimed at least 40 lives in the United States and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. U.S. President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the U.S. east coast, including New York City, with widespread power outages and significant flooding in parts of the city. (Photo by Michael Bocchieri/Getty Images)
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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: A darkened Flatiron Building stands in a section of Manhattan still in a blackout following Hurricane Sandy on October 30, 2012 in New York City. The storm has claimed at least 40 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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    People wait in line to fill containers with fuel at a Shell gas station October 30, 2012 in Edison, New Jersey. Hurricane Sandy which hit New York and New Jersey left much of Bergen County flooded and without power. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI
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    HOBOKEN, NJ - OCTOBER 30: An ambulance sits abandoned in the middle of a flooded street after Hurricane Sandy October 30, 2012 in Hoboken, New Jersey. The storm has claimed at least 40 lives in the United States and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. U.S. President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the U.S. east coast, including New York City, with widespread power outages and significant flooding in parts of the city. (Photo by Michael Bocchieri/Getty Images)
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    LITTLE FERRY, NJ - OCTOBER 30: An emergency responder helps evacuate two people with a boat, after their neighborhood experienced flooding due to Hurricane Sandy, on October 30, 2012, in Little Ferry, New Jersey. The storm has claimed at least 16 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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    EWING, NJ - OCTOBER 30: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie updates members of the media on damage and recovery efforts related to Hurricane Sandy from the emergency operations center at State Police Headquarters on October 30, 2012 in Ewing, New Jersey. High winds and a massive storm surge caused major destruction to the Jersey Shore and throughout the Garden State. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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    LONG BEACH, NY - OCTOBER 30: Residents inspect the area on streets covered by debris and beach sand on October 30, 2012 in Long Beach, New York. The storm has claimed at least 40 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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    Rocky Minotti uses a pump to remove ten feet of flood water from his family's home October 30, 2012 in Little Ferry, New Jersey. Hurricane Sandy which hit New York and New Jersey left much of Bergen County flooded and without power. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI
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    New York Police Department divers walk through a flooded area on October 30, 2012 in the Breezy Point area of Queens in New York that was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. The death toll from superstorm Sandy has risen to 35 in the United States and Canada, and was expected to climb further as several people remained missing, officials said. Officials in the states of Connecticut, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia all reported deaths from the massive storm system, while Toronto police said a Canadian woman was killed by flying debris. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA
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    LITTLE FERRY, NJ - OCTOBER 30: A woman cries on the shoulder of an emergency responder after being evacuated due to flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy, on October 30, 2012, in Little Ferry, New Jersey. The storm has claimed at least 16 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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    OCEAN CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 30: A helicopter flies past a Ferris wheel on the boardwalk, on October 30, 2012 in Ocean City, New Jersey. Hurricane Sandy made landfall last night on the New Jersey coastline bringing heavy winds and record floodwaters. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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    PLAINVIEW, NY - OCTOBER 30: Residents line up for food at Town Bagel in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy on October 30, 2012 in Plainview, New York. The storm has claimed at least a few dozen lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. U.S. President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the U.S. east coast, including New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    HUNTINGTON STATION, NY - OCTOBER 30: A sporting goods and camping store displays it's message to residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy on October 30, 2012 in Huntington Station, New York. The storm has claimed at least a few dozen lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. U.S. President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the U.S. east coast, including New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    FARMINGDALE, NY - OCTOBER 30: Sharon Karr leaves Home Depot with water for FEMA workers in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy on October 30, 2012 in Plainview, New York. The storm has claimed at least a few dozen lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. U.S. President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the U.S. east coast, including New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg views damage in the Breezy Point area of Queens in New York on October 30, 2012 after fire destroyed about 80 homes as a result of Hurricane Sandy which hit the area on October 29. The death toll from superstorm Sandy has risen to 35 in the United States and Canada, and was expected to climb further as several people remained missing, officials said. Officials in the states of Connecticut, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia all reported deaths from the massive storm system, while Toronto police said a Canadian woman was killed by flying debris. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA
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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: The Brooklyn Battery Tunnel is flooded after a tidal surge caused by Hurricane Sandy, on October 30, 2012 in Manhattan, New York. The storm has claimed at least 33 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City, with wide spread power outages and significant flooding in parts of the city. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
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    US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney helps to gather donated goods as he attends a storm relief campaign event in Kettering, Ohio, on October 30, 2012. The death toll from superstorm Sandy has risen to 28 in the mainland United States and Canada, and was expected to climb further as several people were still missing, officials said. Officials in the US states of Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and North Carolina all reported deaths from the massive storm system, while Toronto police said a Canadian woman was killed by flying debris. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel DUNAND
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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Firefighters work to contain a fire that destroyed over 50 homes during Hurricane Sandy on October 30, 2012 in the Breezy Point neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York. At least 33 people were reported killed in the United States by Sandy as millions of people in the eastern United States have awoken to widespread power outages, flooded homes and downed trees. New York City was hit especially hard with wide spread power outages and significant flooding in parts of the city. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: A Virgin Mary is all that remains from a home which was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy in Breezy Point, Queens on October 30, 2012 in New York, United States. Over 50 homes wer destroyed in a late night and fast moving fire. At least 15 people were reported killed in the United States by Sandy as millions of people in the eastern United States have awoken to widespread power outages, flooded homes and downed trees. New York City was hit especially hard with wide spread power outages and significant flooding in parts of the city. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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    US President Barack Obama gives a statement about the Federal government's response to superstorm Sandy at a Red Cross in Washington on October 30, 2012. Damage from the mega-storm Sandy that blasted the US East Coast could hit $20 billion, disaster estimator Eqecat said, as economists put total losses to the economy at $30-50 billion. Meanwhile, Obama expressed sadness over deaths from Sandy and directed federal responders not to let up in their help to disaster areas after a top-level briefing. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad
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    Onlookers watch as a construction crane dangles October 30, 2012 atop a 1.5 billion USD luxury high-rise in midtown Manhattan after collapsing in high winds as New Yorkers assess damage the morning after Hurricane Sandy made landfall. The death toll from superstorm Sandy has risen to 16 in the mainland United States and Canada, and was expected to climb further as several people were still missing, officials said Tuesday. Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and North Carolina reported 15 dead from the massive storm system, and Toronto police said a Canadian woman was killed by flying debris. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY
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    A construction crane danglesOctober 30, 2012 atop a 1.5 billion USD luxury high-rise in midtown Manhattan after collapsing in high winds as New Yorkers assess damage the morning after Hurricane Sandy made landfall. The death toll from superstorm Sandy has risen to 16 in the mainland United States and Canada, and was expected to climb further as several people were still missing, officials said Tuesday. Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and North Carolina reported 15 dead from the massive storm system, and Toronto police said a Canadian woman was killed by flying debris. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY
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    CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 30: A man watches waves generated from the remnants Hurricane Sandy as they crash into the shoreline of Lake Michigan on October 30, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Waves up to 25 feet high generated by winds up to 50 miles-per-hour were expected on the lake. The storm has claimed at least 16 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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    An unidentified man reviews the arrival flights at Dulles International Airport (IAD) October 30, 2012, as the end of Hurricane Sandy rolls through the Washington, DC area. Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and North Carolina reported 15 dead from the massive storm system, and Toronto police said a Canadian woman was killed by flying debris. AFP PHOTO/Paul J. Richards
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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Water floods the Plaza Shops in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, on October 30, 2012 in Manhattan, New York.The storm has claimed at least 33 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
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    A fallen tree blocks a street in the wake of Hurricane Sandy October 30, 2012 in Washignton, DC. The death toll from superstorm Sandy has risen to 16 in the mainland United States and Canada, and was expected to climb further as several people were still missing, officials said Tuesday. Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and North Carolina reported 15 dead from the massive storm system, and Toronto police said a Canadian woman was killed by flying debris. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: A darkened Manhattan is viewed after much of the city lost electricity due to the affects of Hurricane Sandy on October 30, 2012 in New York, United States. At least 33 people were reported killed in the United States by Sandy as millions of people in the eastern United States have awoken to widespread power outages, flooded homes and downed trees. New York City was his especially hard with wide spread power outages and significant flooding in parts of the city. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Cars floating in a flooded subterranian basement following Hurricaine Sandy on October 30, 2012 in the Financial District of New York, United States. The storm has claimed at least 33 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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    ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 30: Resident Kim Johnson inspects the area around her apartment building (L) which flooded and destroyed large sections of an old boardwalk, on October 30, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Johnson fled the area when the water began to rise yesterday. The storm has claimed at least 33 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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    ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 30: Waves break next to an apartment building which flooded from Hurricane Sandy on October 30, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The storm has claimed at least 33 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: People pass a fallen tree October 30, 2012 in the Battery Park neighborhood of Manhattan, New York. The storm has claimed at least 33 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Fire fighters evaluate the scene of an apartment building which had the front wall collapse due to Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in New York, United States. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City will bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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    WINTHROP, MA - OCTOBER 29: People brave high winds and flooding while waves crash over the barriers along Winthrop Shore Drive as Hurricane Sandy comes up the coast on October 29, 2012 in Winthrop, Massachusetts. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow to a wide area on the U.S. East Coast. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Fire fighters evaluate the scene of an apartment building which had the front wall collapse due to Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in New York, United States. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City will bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Water rushes into the Carey Tunnel (previously the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel), caused by Hurricane Sandy, October 29, 2012, in the Financial District of New York, United States. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City will bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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    AVALON, NJ - OCTOBER 30: A street light and utility pole brought down from Hurricane Sandy lays on the street, on October 30, 2012 in Avalon, New Jersey. The storm has claimed at least 16 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City, with wide spread power outages and significant flooding in parts of the city. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Cars floating in a flooded subterranian basement following Hurricaine Sandy on October 30, 2012 in the Financial District of New York, United States. The storm has claimed at least 16 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: A car crushed by a tree following Hurricane Sandy on October 30, 2012 in the Financial District of New York, United States. The storm has claimed at least 16 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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    WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 30: A police officer helps to remove a tree branch brought down by Hurricane Sandy from a car on October 30, 2012 in Washington, DC. The storm has claimed at least 16 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City, with wide spread power outages and significant flooding in parts of the city. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Water floods the Plaza Shops in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, on October 30, 2012 in Manhattan, New York.The storm has claimed at least 16 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
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    WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 30: Sam Rigby walks by a downed tree which fell and grazed his house and hit his neighbor's house during Hurricane Sandy on October 30, 2012 in Washington, DC. The storm has claimed at least 16 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City, with wide spread power outages and significant flooding in parts of the city. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
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    AVALON, NJ - OCTOBER 30: Heavy surf caused by Hurricane Sandy buckles Ocean Ave on October 30, 2012 in Avalon, New Jersey. The storm has claimed at least 16 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City, with wide spread power outages and significant flooding in parts of the city. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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    ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 30: People stand on a mound of construction dirt to vew the area where a 2000-foot section of the 'uptown' boardwalk was destroyed by flooding from Hurricane Sandy on October 30, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The storm has claimed at least 16 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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    ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 30: A man walks over debsris where a 2000-foot section of the 'uptown' boardwalk was destroyed by flooding from Hurricane Sandy on October 30, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The storm has claimed at least 16 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Rising water, caused by Hurricane Sandy, rushes into a subterranian parking garage on October 29, 2012, in the Financial District of New York, United States. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City will bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Cars floating in a flooded subterranian basement following Hurricaine Sandy on October 30, 2012 in the Financial District of New York, United States. The storm has claimed at least 16 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding accross much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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    In this handout image supplied by the US Coast Guard, The HMS Bounty, a 180-foot sailboat, is submerged in the Atlantic Ocean during Hurricane Sandy approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, North Carolina, on October 29, 2012. Of the 16-person crew, the Coast Guard rescued 14, recovered a woman who was later pronounced dead and are searching for the captain. The HMS Bounty was built for the 1962 film Mutiny On The Bounty and was also used in Pirates Of The Caribbean. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. (Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tim Kuklewski/ /U.S. Coast Guard via Getty Images)
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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Water rushes into the Carey Tunnel (previously the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel), caused by Hurricane Sandy, October 29, 2012, in the Financial District of New York, United States. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City will bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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    CAPE MAY, NJ - OCTOBER 29: A man stands on the beach as heavy surf from Hurricane Sandy pound the shoreline, on October 29, 2012 in Cape May, New Jersey. Later today the full force of Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit the New Jersey coastline bringing heavy winds and floodwaters. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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    A sailboat smashes on the rocks after breaking free from its mooring on City Island October 29, 2012 in New York. Hurricane Sandy's winds picked up speed as the storm made a left turn toward the East Coast. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
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    A jogger runs in the rain as Hurricane Sandy rains on the Washington Harbor area located on the Potomac River on October 29, 2012 in the Georgetown area of Washington. AFP PHOTO/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Hurricane Sandy is expected to slam the East Coast and the federal government is shut down—but the U.S. servicemen who guard the outdoor Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery will remain on duty.
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    Signs on a boarded up restaurant before the arrival of Hurricane Sandy October 29, 2012 on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Much of the eastern United States was in lockdown mode October 29, 2012 awaiting the arrival of a hurricane dubbed 'Frankenstorm' that threatened to wreak havoc on the area with storm surges, driving rain and devastating winds. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
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    High surf on the Hudson River near the Statue of Liberty October 29, 2012 as New Yorkers prepare for Hurricane Sandy expected to hit the city later tonight Much of the eastern United States was in lockdown mode October 29, 2012 awaiting the arrival of a hurricane dubbed 'Frankenstorm' that threatened to wreak havoc on the area with storm surges, driving rain and devastating winds. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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    A NYPD officer stands guard at the 42nd street subway station in Times Square October 29, 2012 as New Yorkers prepare for Hurricane Sandy expected to hit the city later tonight. Much of the eastern United States was in lockdown mode October 29, 2012 awaiting the arrival of a hurricane dubbed 'Frankenstorm' that threatened to wreak havoc on the area with storm surges, driving rain and devastating winds. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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    A reporter runs from Air Force One after US President Barack Obama returned at Andrews Air Force Base October 29, 2012 in Maryland. Obama is returning from campaigning to Washington, DC to monitor Hurricane Sandy as it makes landfall. Much of the eastern United States was in lockdown mode October 29, 2012 awaiting the arrival of a hurricane dubbed 'Frankenstorm' that threatened to wreak havoc on the area with storm surges, driving rain and devastating winds. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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    FREEPORT, NY - OCTOBER 29: People make their way up a flooded Guy Lomardo Avenue as high tide and winds from Hurricane Sandy combine to flood the area on October 29, 2012 in Freeport, New York. The storm, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    US President Barack Obama steps off Air Force One October 29, 2012 upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. Obama cancelled his appearance at a campaign rally in Orlando, Florida and returned early to Washington, DC to monitor response to Hurricane Sandy. Much of the eastern United States was in lockdown mode October 29, 2012 awaiting the arrival of a hurricane dubbed 'Frankenstorm' that threatened to wreak havoc on the area with storm surges, driving rain and devastating winds. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: People walk by sand bags in front of a building in Times Square as Hurricane Sandy begins to affect the area on October 29, 2012 in New York City. The storm, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City will bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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    AT SEA - OCTOBER 29: In this handout GOES satellite image provided by NASA, Hurricane Sandy, pictured at 1440 UTC, churns off the east coast on October 29, 2012 in the Atlantic Ocean. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
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    A lone touriststands in Times Square early October 29, 2012 as New Yorkers prepare for Hurricane Sandy which is supposed to hit the city later tonight Much of the eastern United States was in lockdown mode October 29, 2012 awaiting the arrival of a hurricane dubbed 'Frankenstorm' that threatened to wreak havoc on the area with storm surges, driving rain and devastating winds. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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    ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 29: A car sits in a flooded street near the ocean ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris Christie’s emergency declaration is shutting down the city’s casinos and 30,000 residents were ordered to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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    LONG BEACH, NY - OCTOBER 27: A young child plays on a sand dune before the storm as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 27, 2012 in Long Beach, New York. As some residents of New York and the area make preparations for bad weather, Sandy is heading up the East Coast and will make a possible first landfall near the Delaware coast. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: Ambulances gather outside of NYU Langone Medical Center in preparation for evacuations on the eastside of Manhattan October 28, 2012 in New York City. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
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    CAPE MAY, NJ - OCTOBER 29: Waters from Hurricane Sandy start to flood Beach Ave. on October 29, 2012 in Cape May, New Jersey. Later today the full force of Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit the New Jersey coastline bringing heavy winds and floodwaters. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: A sign announcing the temporary closure of the New York subway system, due to Hurricane Sandy, is seen in the subway prior to the arrival of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in New York City. New York plans on shutting down the entire public transmit system starting at 7PM, Sunday night. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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    OYSTER BAY, NY - OCTOBER 28: The North Shore Community Church displays a sign alluding to Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in Oyster Bay, New York. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    MTA Police watch over as the last people are cleared out of Grand Central Station in New York October 28, 2012 as the MTA has been began an orderly shutdown of commuter rail and subway service in preparation for Hurricane Sandy . AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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    A sign on dispay in Grand Central Station in New York October 28, 2012 as the MTA has been began an orderly shutdown of commuter rail and subway service in preparation for Hurricane Sandy . AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: A man watches the waves in New York Harbor from Battery Park during the arrival of Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in New York City. The core of Sandy's force is supposed to hit the New York area Monday night. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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    People try to get through the aisles at Whole Foods Market in midtown in New York October 28, 2012 as residents do last minute food shopping in preparation for Hurricane Sandy . AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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    ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: A seagull flies over breaking waves ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris Christie’s emergency declaration is shutting down the city’s casinos and 30,000 residents are being told to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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    ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: A man walks past boarded up structures on the boardwalk ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris Christie’s emergency declaration is shutting down the city’s casinos and 30,000 residents are being told to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: Cots are seen at Seward Park High School, which is doubling as an evacuation center, in preparation for Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in New York City. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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    A road sign warns drivers of weather conditions in downtown Washington, DC October 28, 2012 ahead of Hurricane Sandy's landfall. US emergency officials braced for the potentially massive impact of a so-called 'Frankenstorm' Sunday as Hurricane Sandy lumbered north in the Atlantic Ocean, poised to hit the Eastern Seaboard with torrential rains and gale-force winds. The superstorm was expected to make landfall somewhere between Virginia and Massachusetts early Tuesday, possibly causing chaos during the frenzied last days of campaigning before the November 6 US presidential vote. AFP PHOTO / Eva HAMBACH (Photo credit should read EVA HAMBACH/AFP/Getty Images)
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    US President Barack Obama speaks to the press after a briefing on Hurricane Sandy at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Washington, DC on October 28, 2012. President Obama called Sandy a 'serious and big storm.' and urged those impacted: ' to take this very seriously' and follow advice of state and local officials. He said he had an 'Excellent meeting' at FEMA with the various agencies involved and had just finished a phone call w governors of the potentially impacted states and mayors of cities. Obama expressed confidence that the resources are in place ahead of the storm. Looking on right is FEMA administrator Craig Fugate. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: A man shops for duct tape at Home Depot prior to the arrival of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in New York City. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: In this handout provided by the NYC Mayor's Office, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (L) updates residents on preparations during a press conference prior to the arrival of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in New York City. Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation on low-lying coastal areas of the city. The MTA has announced that at 7:00 PM EST they plan an orderly shutdown and suspension of all subway, bus and commuter railroad service in reponse to the storm. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by NYC Mayors Office via Getty Images)
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    ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: People wait to be evacuated by bus from the Atlantic City Convention Center ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris Christie’s emergency declaration is shutting down the city’s casinos and 30,000 residents are being told to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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    Kabir Bindra walks up Wall Street past Federal Hall with his luggage and dog near the New York Stock Exchange New York October 28, 2012 as residents of lower Manhattan evacuate the city in preparation for Hurricane Sandy . AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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    OCEAN CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: People stand on the Ocean City Music Pier watching heavy surf caused by Hurricane Sandy, on October 28, 2012 in Ocean City, New Jersey. New Jersey is expected to be hit hard by approaching storm sometime on Monday, bringing heavy winds and floodwaters. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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    WESTPORT, CT - OCTOBER 28: Cesar Valle (right) and Alex Saborio fill sand bags for their restaurant at a beach as the first signs of Hurricane Sandy approach on October 28, 2012 in Westport, Connecticut. The storm, which could affect tens of millions of people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow in parts of Ohio and West Virginia. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York City will close its bus, subway and commuter rail service Sunday evening ahead of the storm. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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    LONG BEACH, NY - OCTOBER 28: Connie of Long Beach grabs the few remaining water bottles from the shelves at the Waldbaums grocery store as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in Long Beach, New York. The storm, which could affect tens of millions of people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow in parts of Ohio and West Virginia. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York City will close its bus, subway and commuter rail service Sunday evening ahead of the storm. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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    OCEAN CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: Ed Wicks secures plywood over the windows of a hair salon to protect from the high winds of approaching Hurricane Sandy, on October 28, 2012 in Ocean City, New Jersey. New Jersey is expected to be hit hard by approaching storm sometime on Monday, bringing heavy winds and floodwaters. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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    Raymond Souza carries away a ladder after boarding up Tidal Rave's 5 & 10 gift shop on the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, October 28, 2012 ahead of Hurricane Sandy's landfall. US emergency officials braced for the potentially massive impact of a so-called 'Frankenstorm' Sunday as Hurricane Sandy lumbered north in the Atlantic Ocean, poised to hit the eastern seaboard with torrential rains and gale-force winds. The superstorm was expected to make landfall somewhere between Virginia and Massachusetts early Tuesday, possibly causing chaos during the frenzied last days of campaigning before the November 6 US presidential vote. As it churned in a northeasterly direction, the massive weather system was at category one strength, the lowest-level hurricane on the five-tiered Saffir-Simpson scale, with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles (120 kilometers) per hour, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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    ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: Carpenters Frank Jiacopello (L) and Ron Skinner put plywood over the doors at the Bally's Casino on the boardwalk as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ordered Atlantic City's 12 casinos to shut down and surrounding states have also declared a state of emergency. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is expected to hit the New Jersey coastline sometime on Monday bring heavy winds and floodwaters. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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    HICKSVILLE, NY - OCTOBER 28: Joseph Klein of Sayville, New York is assisted by Lowe's employee Ormani Rivera after his purchase of a generator as Hurrican Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in Hicksville, New York. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-atlantic region. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    CAPE MAY, NJ - OCTOBER 27: From left, Bob Grabenstetter, Paul Young and Mike Kern board up the Mae West Hotel in preparation for Hurricane Sandy October 27, 2012 in Cape May, New Jersey. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has ordered mandatory evacuations of the barrier islands in New Jersey by 4 p.m. Sunday, including the Atlantic City casinos as Hurricane Sandy threatens the east coast. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
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    LIDO BEACH, NY - OCTOBER 27: Motorists head north on the Loop Parkway as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 27, 2012 in Lido Beach, New York. Sandy is expected to head up the East Coast this weekend and make a possible landfall anywhere from North Carolina to New England. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: A sign announcing the closure of the Trump Casino stands in the lobby as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ordered Atlantic City's 12 casinos to shut down and surrounding states have also declared a state of emergency. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is expected to hit the New Jersey coastline sometime on Monday bring heavy winds and floodwaters. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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    MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 24: Stephanie Bilyeu walks along the ocean as blustery winds blow through the palm trees as the outerbands of Hurricane Sandy are felt on October 24, 2012 in Miami, Florida. After passing over Jamaica, Sandy is expected to hit eastern Cuba on Wednesday night and into the Bahamas Thursday and Friday, a tropcial storm warning was issued for east coast of Florida from Ocean Reef to Sebasian Inlet and a tropical storm watch was extended along the east coast to Flagler Beach. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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    MIAMI BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 25: (L-R) William Rath, Julie Rath, Laura Rath and Weera Rath, on vacation from the Netherlands, walk to the beach as they are buffeted by high winds of the outer bands of Hurricane Sandy on October 25, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida. After passing over Jamaica Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit eastern Cuba and head into the Bahamas today and tomorrow. There is a tropical storm warning in place for coastal Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties and the Atlantic waters off southeast Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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    MIAMI BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 25: A pedestrian's umbrella is turned inside out as high winds hit it as the outer bands of Hurricane Sandy are felt on October 25, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida. After passing over Jamaica and eastern Cuba Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit eastern Cuba and head into the Bahamas Thursday and Friday, there is a tropical storm warning in place for coastal Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties and the Atlantic waters off southeast Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 26: Andy Lugo talks on the phone after stocking up on supplies for branches of First Republic Bank in anticipation of disruption from storm elements of Hurricane Sandy on October 26, 2012 in New York City. Some New Yorkers are preparing for possibly devastating effects from the approaching storm. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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    A Department of Public Works employee hands over a sandbag at a distribution center near RFK Stadium in Washington on October 27, 2012. Washington residents are preparing for serious and life-threatening weather conditions, as Hurricane Sandy heads north. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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