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Hurricane Sandy’s Aftermath: What Happened, What We Know Now [VIDEO]

@MichelleCharlesworth, Twitter

This morning, much of the East Coast is picking up the pieces after the massive storm known as Hurricane Sandy swept through, leaving millions without power, causing untold economic damage, and killing at least 21 people. Flooding caused largely by enormous, unprecedented storm surges has crippled transportation routes and wreaked havoc on low-lying areas.

The worst of it may be over, but the cleanup, recovery and restoration period has no clear timetable at the moment. Government leaders and emergency workers are still surveying the damage and making sure all life-saving operations are receiving all necessary attention.

New York City was devastated, but the storm’s power reached up and down the Eastern seaboard, particularly in southern New Jersey, where the hurricane made landfall Monday night around 8 o’clock. Long Island, N.Y., suffered tremendous damage, and the New England coast also saw severe winds and rain.

Currently, Sandy has been downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone and is making its way across Pennsylvania; its winds still reach 65 mph at times. For a glimpse at the incredible breadth of this superstorm:

Hurricane-force winds extended up to 175 miles from the center of the storm; tropical-storm-force winds spread out 485 miles from the center. Forecasters said tropical-storm-force winds could stretch all the way north to Canada and all the way west to the Great Lakes. Heavy snow was expected in some states.

Travel and transportation, both on a local and national level, have been stopped, suspended or drastically altered in many areas. Airports up and down the coast have been closed, canceling up to 15,000 flights. Amtrak service between Boston and Washington has been suspended. Trees and power lines have fallen on innumerable roads and highways, making driving something more like navigating an obstacle course in many places.

Below you can view a gallery of some remarkable images from the storm, and beneath that we have some video of the flooding that coursed through the streets in Ocean City, N.J.

[CNN, NJ 101.5, New York Times,

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