Staggered by Hurricane Sandy

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It’s a been a brutal few days in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions hit by Hurricane Sandy; a weather event dubbed the “Frankenstorm” because it merged with two other weather systems – a winter storm from the West Coast and a mass of frigid air descending from Canada – to generate not only high winds and flooding, but blizzards as well.

Below you can see how the “Frankenstorm” practically buried West Virginia in three feet of the white stuff.

New Jersey and New York – specifically long Island and Manhattan – took the brunt of this “super storm” system and as a result comprise the biggest portion of the $50 billion in estimated property damage and lost productivity left in its wake.

Hardest hit in some respects is New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), which suffered untold damage to its subway and commuter railroad lines.

Aerial footage provided by the aviators of the 1-150th Assault Helicopter Battalion of the New Jersey National Guard gives just a glimpse of how devastating this “super storm” proved to the Garden State.

“There are no words to describe what the state of New Jersey has experienced,” New Jersey Governor Chris Christie noted in a televised press conference yesterday – surely giving voice to not only what  Garden State residents are feeling, but what all of those along the East Coast who suffered the super storm’s wrath are feeling as well.

Yet the Governor also gave a nod to the indomitable American spirit, tool: “We have a long road ahead of us but I have every confidence we will come out of this better and stronger than before.”

Let’s hope that last part indeed comes to pass. 

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