Hurricane Sandy: storm strengthens as it bears down on the east coast of the US

1. Damaged cars sit under a fallen tree from high winds in the Queens borough of New York

Hurricane Sandy: storm strengthens as it bears down on the east coast of the US

2. A flooded street between two casinos along the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey

Hurricane Sandy: storm strengthens as it bears down on the east coast of the US

3. An abandoned home is inundated with water at Shinnecock Bay in Southampton, New York

Hurricane Sandy: storm strengthens as it bears down on the east coast of the US

4. The Hudson River swells and rises over the banks of the waterfront in Hoboken, New Jersey

Hurricane Sandy: storm strengthens as it bears down on the east coast of the US

5. A yacht smashes on the rocks after breaking free from its mooring on City Island, New York

Hurricane Sandy: storm strengthens as it bears down on the east coast of the US

6. Storm surge hits a small tree as winds from Hurricane Sandy reach Seaside Park in Bridgeport, Connecticut

Hurricane Sandy: storm strengthens as it bears down on the east coast of the US

7. Rough surf of the Atlantic Ocean breaks over the beach and across Beach Avenue in Cape May, New Jersey

Hurricane Sandy: storm strengthens as it bears down on the east coast of the US

8. US President Barack Obama steps off Air Force One upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. Obama cancelled his appearance

Hurricane Sandy: storm strengthens as it bears down on the east coast of the US

9. US President Barack Obama gets a real soaking as he walks through a downpour on his return to the White House in Washington, DC

Hurricane Sandy: storm strengthens as it bears down on the east coast of the US

10. An Obama campaign sign in seen in the floodwaters in front of a home as rain continues to fall in Norfolk, Virginia

Hurricane Sandy: storm strengthens as it bears down on the east coast of the US

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