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Map: The Hardest Hit Areas of Hurricane Sandy

Photo by Alex Brandon/AP

Determined to make more waves than the presidential election, Hurricane Sandy swept through the East Coast, leaving behind devastating wreckage.  Sandy’s victims, like New Jersey resident Mike Nuciglio, face many challenges along the road to recovery.

Nuciglio, 65, left his Manahawkin home after receiving a mandatory evacuation notice on Saturday, Oct. 27.  On the following Thursday, he was allowed to visit his home for a few hours via bus.

“People on the bus started crying,” he said.  “People couldn’t believe their eyes at what they were seeing.”

Homes were completely leveled.  Garbage and water covered the ground.  Refrigerators and other appliances lay strew in the streets, he said.

Despite the water damage to his home, Nuciglio considers himself lucky compared to some of his community members who can no longer live in their homes.

“I just can’t even see the community ever being the same,” he said.

This map depicts some of the hardest hit areas along the coast.  Click on the icons to learn more about the effects of Hurricane Sandy in each location.

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