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Sandy: Face To Face With Storm's Devastation
The superstorm came ashore over a thousand miles of coastline to engulf 20 states - and counting.
In each state Sandy has had different consequences for different communities.
In Rockaway Park in the Queens borough of New York, the storm surge was overwhelming.
Like a tsunami, the sea rose by five or six feet, and swept through the town.
It dumped much of the beach on the streets, flipped cars and ripped up the boardwalk.
For Frankie Burk who was watching from a sixth-floor window it felt like the end of days.
This was the work of God, he said, just as damaging as what terrorists wrought on 9/11 only more spread out.
The night it happened he ventured out in his waders, but was lifted up and pinned to a fence.
Not before seeing electricity transformers above him explode down the street.
The fire they ignited was still burning in a block of properties almost completely destroyed.
Sky News found the Van Leirs, a couple who lived round the corner, hugging each other; Jan Van Leir crying.
It was too much to see their neighbourhood shops in smouldering ruins, she said.
She wondered if the town would ever get its character back.
Rockaway Park is not affluent - it's a carefree seaside beach town say the people who live here.
They are pulling together, helping neighbours remove sodden belongings. But the challenge is enormous.
Every building was flooded one way or another. Cars were carried down streets and flipped over.
Basements and ground floors have been wrecked.
Further down this narrow peninsula in Breezy Point, people were killed and many homes went up in flames in a fire caused by a flooded electricity station.
It is a dark, cold Halloween night for more than eight million Americans.
We drove back from Rockaway to Manhattan, the power was out for around two-thirds of the way, and it will be for days to come.
Beyond Brooklyn Bridge, Lower Manhattan stood dark and ghostly.
We had seen military helicopters patrolling the skies over Queens, helmeted National Guardsmen touring in Humvees, and scenes of devastation you do not expect to see in America.
If the scientists are right, this is just the beginning. The weather is only going to become more extreme because of climate change.
Ironically that issue has received barely a mention in the election contest that culminates next week.