Hurricane Sandy will likely go down as one of the costliest storms to ever hit the United States. The videos and pictures in this post show the true power of Mother Nature and how dangerous she can be. Prayers go out to all of the victims. Let’s hope for a fast and speedy recovery for the entire region affected by this storm.
Sandy tied the Great Long Island Express Hurricane of 1938 as the most powerful storm ever to hit the Northeast U.S. north of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Storm surge pushed across parts New York and New Jersey. Strong winds knocked trees over and millions of people lost power. In fact, 4.5 million out of 8.2 million people are without power in New Jersey and New York alone.
The storm’s substantial size affected everyone east of the Mississippi River. If the storm did not directly impact your area, you likely experienced the strong winds associated with the storm that brought trees down and produced minor power outages in the Southeast. Heavy snow, which continues to fall, has affected portions of West Virginia. In fact, some higher elevations could see snowfall totals greater than three feet! Video and pictures of Sandy continue to be released via social media. We warn you, some of the content below contains some graphic images and could contain vulgar language. However, the images and video you will see below show the true extent of the power and destruction Sandy has left parts of the eastern United States. Unfortunately, Sandy continues to become a problem as it continues to spin and produce violent winds, heavy rain, and snow in many areas.
Aerial View of New Jersey Coast Line After Hurricane Sandy from the National Guard:
The New York Fire Department had to fight fires that destroyed over 50 homes at Breezy Point in Queens:
Heavy snow and blizzard conditions in parts of West Virginia:
Matt Daniel is weekend Meteorologist for 13WMAZ (CBS) in Macon, Georgia, and founder of the blog Athens GA Weather. He's a self-described "big weather and music geek" and has produced weather content for CNN, MSN Weather and EarthSky. He has a passion for helping to keep people safe when severe weather strikes and says if you don't have a NOAA Weather Radio ... you should get one.