Superstorm Sandy flooded or dropped snow on much of the eastern U.S. on Oct. 29, 2012, becoming the nation's second-most expensive weather disaster at $65 billion and killing at least 182 people in the U.S. after claiming 72 lives in the Caribbean. A look at New Jersey and New York, the hardest-hit states:
Damage and recovery: Sandy's center made landfall at Brigantine, near Atlantic City, at 7:30 p.m. The worst of the surge hit much of the tourist-heavy Jersey shore, destroying boardwalks and plunging a roller coaster into the ocean from its pier in one of the storm's most iconic images. More than $5.6 billion in federal assistance has been paid.
Deaths: 68, including 44 in New York City
Damage and recovery: More than 2 million homes and businesses lost power, including big chunks of New York City. The storm's surge peaked at nearly 14 feet, Staten Island was hard hit, and a shorefront community in Queens burned. Parts of Long Island were swamped. The city subway is mostly running after some tunnels flooded, though repairs and preparations for future disasters remain. More than $8 billion has been approved in state and federal assistance to homeowners, renters, businesses, government agencies and nonprofits.