Three major weather systems, a hurricane among them, collided to create what media outlets and meteorologists dubbed a superstorm. Few could fathom how apt a title it would prove to be.
Sandy bore down on the Eastern Seaboard's largest cities, forcing the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and setting off a cascade of fires and power outages due to a dangerous mix of high winds, soaking rain and a surging wall of water up to 11 feet tall. Thousands were without power for weeks, hundreds lost their homes, many lost their lives.
From the blackend streets of downtown Manhattan to the devastated coastline of the Jersey Shore and Long Island, Sandy challenged the greatness of a city and a region, reminding the proud denizens of New York City and New Jersey the power of nature's wrath.