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The largest Atlantic hurricane in the recorded history that claimed at least 191 lives and caused damage of up to $52.4 billion (second only to the 2005’s Hurricane Katrina), Hurricane Sandy was the major disaster of 2012.

Blackout in New York City, October 29, 2012.

Developing from a tropical wave in the Caribbean Sea on October 22, Sandy quickly intensified and advanced to the level of a tropical storm within six hours. Intensifying further on to the level of a hurricane, Sandy first hit Kingston, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, The Bahamas and Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States.

Hurricane Sandy affected at least 24 U.S. states from Florida to Maine and from Michigan to Wisconsin, causing particularly extensive damage in New Jersey and New York, finally hitting New York City on October 29.

The dramatic images in the gallery below represent a tiny bit of the damage Hurricane Sandy caused in New York and New Jersey.

Flooded Runway at the Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, October 30, 2012

The destroyed section of the Rockaway boardwalk, Queens, NYC

The oil-filled streets of New Jersey

A car from kiddie ride half-sunken in sand, Seaside Heights

Flooded houses in Seaside Heights

A fallen tree destroyed car in Queens

Destroyed Homes in Seaside Heights

Debris in the hurricane-damaged South Ferry 1 train station in New York

A man walks past a damaged roller coaster in Seaside Heights

Burnt Houses in Breezy Point, Queens

Boat Wrecks in New Jersey

Boat Wreckage in Great Kills

Mantoloking, New Jersey after Sandy

Destroyed Amusement Park in Seaside Heights

Life slowly turns back to normal in New York City after Hurricane Sandy