Sandy was over a thousand miles wide and when it made landfall it hit an area so large that thirteen states felt the impact. Within that immense strike zone, there were places that were shaken, incommoded and places that sustained death. Then, above all else there were places that may never be the same.

One of these places is mentioned in the history books. The Jersey Shoreline, which throughout history has seen its fair share of bad weather. But nobody saw anything like this, and this time, some aren’t sure they’ll even come back, pointing at Sandy’s experience as one that nobody wants to repeat. No one has yet tallied the entire damage, but estimates place it in the billions. This storm is yet another reminder that we are no match for mother nature.

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