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#HurricaneSandy, One Year Later

On October, 22, 2012, a tropical storm formed in the Caribbean Sea that would come to be known as Hurricane Sandy. Over the next week, Sandy would take the lives of at least 268 people and cause more than $68 billion in damages, making it the second costliest hurricane in US history.

First hitting Jamaica and Cuba, Sandy then made its way up the Atlantic coast of the United States, finally coming ashore just north of Atlantic City, New Jersey. On October 29, Sandy’s 13-foot storm surge submerged large swaths of northern New Jersey and New York City. Many of those who bore witness to the devastation shared it with the world on Instagram.

Due largely to delays in recovery funding, many areas impacted by the storm remain damaged to this day.

Explore the #HurricaneSandy hashtag for photos, videos and stories from those affected by the storm.

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Hurricane Sandy’s Aftermath

How you can help… Millions of people have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. If you’d like to aid the relief effort, please make a contribution to the American Red Cross.

In a matter of hours, Hurricane Sandy devastated the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. During yesterday’s storm, tens of thousands of people from across the eastern seaboard shared their experience in real-time, tagging photos with #sandy and #hurricanesandy.

This morning, as the rain tapered and floodwaters receded, millions of people began taking stock of the storm’s historic devastation, and sharing their daunting road to recovery on Instagram.

See some of the more powerful photos from Sandy’s aftermath here and here, and make a contribution to the relief effort at redcross.org.

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Hurricane Sandy Descends Upon the East Coast

Spotlight For more photos, browse the hashtags #hurricanesandy and #sandy. Find a photo tagged with a location? Click through to see more photos, like those posted from the East River Park, Exchange Place Waterfront, or FDR Drive.

The eastern seaboard of the United States, from Virginia to Massachusetts, is under a state of emergency as Sandy, a snor’eastercane, makes its way inland from the Atlantic Ocean.

The storm formed as Hurricane Sandy from the south collided with a nor’easter from the north, coming ashore in New Jersey and bringing with it heavy rain, storm surges and flooding.

The Instagram community has been sharing photos from the storm–at a rate of nearly 10 each second–with the hashtags #hurricanesandy, #sandy and #frankenstorm.

For the latest Sandy news and alerts, visit the New York Times and the Washington Post.