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Sandy's shocking impact: Before and after (PHOTOS)

Published time: November 01, 2012 05:22
Edited time: November 01, 2012 11:12
Breezy Point Queens is left devastated after homes were destroyed by a fire during Hurricane Sandy in New York.(AFP Photo / Mehdi Taamallah)

Breezy Point Queens is left devastated after homes were destroyed by a fire during Hurricane Sandy in New York.(AFP Photo / Mehdi Taamallah)

Hurricane Sandy swept through the US, leaving several billion dollars worth of damage – and many familiar sights unrecognizable. Below you can find photos taken before and after the disaster.

A view of the corner of 34th Street and 1st Street in front of NYU Langone Medical Center in Manhattan during rains from Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in New York City. (Image from Google Maps (top) AFP Photo / Getty images / Michael Heiman (bottom))
A view of the corner of 34th Street and 1st Street in front of NYU Langone Medical Center in Manhattan during rains from Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in New York City. (Image from Google Maps (top) AFP Photo / Getty images / Michael Heiman (bottom))
Fire fighters evaluate the scene of an apartment building which had the front wall collapse due to Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in New York. (Image from Google Maps (top) AFP Photo / Getty images / Andrew Burton (bottom))
Fire fighters evaluate the scene of an apartment building which had the front wall collapse due to Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in New York. (Image from Google Maps (top) AFP Photo / Getty images / Andrew Burton (bottom))
Water rushes into the Carey Tunnel (previously the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel), caused by Hurricane Sandy, October 29, 2012, in the Financial District of New York. (Image from Google Maps (top) AFP Photo / Getty images / Andrew Burton (bottom))
Water rushes into the Carey Tunnel (previously the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel), caused by Hurricane Sandy, October 29, 2012, in the Financial District of New York. (Image from Google Maps (top) AFP Photo / Getty images / Andrew Burton (bottom))
Water floods the Plaza Shops in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, on October 30, 2012 in Manhattan, New York. (Image from Google Maps (top) AFP Photo / Getty images / Allison Joyce (bottom))
Water floods the Plaza Shops in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, on October 30, 2012 in Manhattan, New York. (Image from Google Maps (top) AFP Photo / Getty images / Allison Joyce (bottom))
The darkened skyline of lower Manhattan is seen one day after Hurricane Sandy on October 30, 2012. (Image from flickr.com user@JBlaze B (top) AFP Photo / Mehdi Taamallah (bottom))
The darkened skyline of lower Manhattan is seen one day after Hurricane Sandy on October 30, 2012. (Image from flickr.com user@JBlaze B (top) AFP Photo / Mehdi Taamallah (bottom))
Cars piled on top of each other at the entrance to a garage on South Willliam Street in Lower Manhattan October 31, 2012 in New York as the city begins to clean up after Hurricane Sandy. (Image from Google Maps (top) AFP Photo / Stan Honda (bottom))
Cars piled on top of each other at the entrance to a garage on South Willliam Street in Lower Manhattan October 31, 2012 in New York as the city begins to clean up after Hurricane Sandy. (Image from Google Maps (top) AFP Photo / Stan Honda (bottom))
The HMS Bounty, a 180-foot sailboat, is shown submerged in the Atlantic Ocean during Hurricane Sandy approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, North Carolina in this U.S. Coast Guard handout picture taken October 29, 2012. (AFP Photo / Jeff Haynes (top) Reuters (bottom))
The HMS Bounty, a 180-foot sailboat, is shown submerged in the Atlantic Ocean during Hurricane Sandy approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, North Carolina in this U.S. Coast Guard handout picture taken October 29, 2012. (AFP Photo / Jeff Haynes (top) Reuters (bottom))