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Video highlights of Hurricane Sandy

Posted by Anush Elbakyan, Staff  October 31, 2012 10:36 AM

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Hurricane Sandy, one of the largest storms to ever hit the East Coast, disrupted the lives of millions of people, and caused extensive damage this week.

Hurricane Sandy slammed into the New Jersey coastline with 80 mile-per-hour winds on Oct. 29. But just as the hurricane seemed to be ending, two N.J. towns were hit by devastating flooding, forcing hundreds of people to evacuate.

In New Jersey, superstorm Sandy destroyed several blocks of Atlantic City's world-famous boardwalk and wrecked several other boardwalks up and down the coast. A Seaside Heights roller coaster was left partially submerged in the ocean.

Amateur video appears to capture the explosion of a ConEdison transformer in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, as seen from Brooklyn, New York, on Oct. 29.

Dramatic on-the-scene home fire video. CBS News' Elaine Quijano reports from a house fire in Moonachie, N.J., just as firefighters arrive.

Fires that destroyed about 14 homes in a New Jersey shore town that was hit hard by Sandy have rekindled, fueled by natural gas. Video from WNBC-TV in New York shows flames reaching over Mantoloking, N.J.

President Obama canceled events on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday to oversee the government’s response to Hurricane Sandy. He is paying a visit to the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters ahead of his trip to New Jersey to see the damage done by superstorm Sandy.

The floodwaters that poured into New York’s deepest subway tunnels may pose the biggest obstacle to the city’s recovery from the worst natural disaster in the transit system’s 108-year history.

A fire destroyed as many as 100 houses in a flooded beachfront neighborhood in Queens, N.Y., while firefighters used boats to rescue people in chest-high water.

The NYPD has released video of four rooftop rescues on Staten Island where some residents were trapped due to rising waters. In all, five adults and one child were removed to safety.

Wet snow and high winds spinning off the edge of superstorm Sandy spread blizzard conditions over parts of West Virginia and neighboring Appalachian states on Oct. 30, shutting one interstate as trucks and cars bogged down and knocking out power to many.

A construction crane atop a $1.5 billion luxury high-rise collapsed in high winds during the storm, 750 feet in the air, on Oct. 29. It is still dangling above midtown Manhattan.

The US Coast Guard released a video of a helicopter crew conducting an over-flight of New Jersey and New York coast and waterways following Hurricane Sandy.

Despite the saying, "The show must go on," superstorm Sandy left a lot of shows with no such option. All 40 Broadway theaters were closed, and while most hoped to open on Oct. 31, both ‘‘The Lion King’’ and ‘‘Mary Poppins’’ announced that Wednesday’s shows would also be canceled.

New York University Langone Medical Center's patients, including some very tiny babies, were evacuated floor by floor from a hospital that lost generator power at the height of superstorm Sandy.

Superstorm Sandy will end up causing about $20 billion in property damages and $10 billion to $30 billion more in lost business, according to IHS Global Insight, a forecasting firm.

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