In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, millions of residents from North Carolina to Canada continue to deal with unprecedented destruction — from power outages to flooding and damaged property.
Residents and government agencies everywhere have been using cellphones and cameras to take photos and upload them to social sites. Social media has played a huge role in getting images of the havoc to the public. During the height of the storm, Instagram users were sharing 10 photos a second. The top Facebook status was, “We are OK.”
Yet amidst the slew of real photos covering the devastation, Photoshop wizards were working their magic to create parody images and others fooled the Internet with a flood of fake photos that weren’t from Sandy at all.
Half of Manhattan remains in the dark. Hundreds of thousands of residents are without power.
Estimates say it could take “several days” before parts of lower Manhattan have power restored.
Panorama photos courtesy of Elizabeth Hewitt.
We’ve pulled together some of the most striking photos of the devastation caused by the storm.
“No traffic on the FDR today. This was all under water the night before. It’s amazing how a storm like Sandy can completely shut down an entire city.”
A submerged escalator at the South Ferry subway station in Lower Manhattan. Via MTA
People bail water from a basement of an East Village business. Via Brennan Cavanaugh
“Bleeker Street Pizza: OPEN- The electricity was still out, but they were making pizza anyway, with the help of their gas-fired oven and a few spelunker head lamps.”
Via Nick Sherman
A truck is submerged in Battery Park, Manhattan. Via Andrea Canning
“Hurricane Sandy damage in Belmar, N.J. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012.” Via Talk Radio News Service
“Aerial views of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to the New Jersey coast taken during a search and rescue mission by 1-150 Assault Helicopter Battalion, New Jersey Army National Guard, Oct. 30, 2012.”
Via Andrew Cuomo
A street underwater. Via thejkinz
A tree uprooted in Long Island, New York. Via nikki_skye
via Meghan Pipe
“Main St. After Hurricane Sandy” Via DumboNYC
“Jane’s carousel is basically an island now. Poor horses.” Via andjelicaaa
“John Schmidt, of the West Virginia Field Office, photographed his backyard during Hurricane Sandy.” Via U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services
“President Obama visits the American Red Cross Digital Command Center following Hurricane Sandy”
“Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, visits Soldiers from the 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment Oct. 30 in Portsmouth, Va. ”
“Spc. Anthony Monte along with Soldiers from the 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, New Jersey Army National Guard, mobilized for Hurricane Sandy provide assistance to displaced residents at an emergency shelter at the Werblin Recreation Center, Piscataway Township, N.J., Oct. 29, 2012.”Via U.S. Army
Via John deGuzman
“Virginia National Guard Soldiers trudged through high water and cut trees to clear a path for two rescue missions that transported seven adults and one child to safety at two locations on Cattail Road in the Mears, Va. area Oct. 30.” Via The National Gaurd
A car that has been smashed by a tree in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Via CSondi