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By Tuesday morning, early warnings that Hurricane Sandy would prove to be a "super storm" were borne out by the damage caused throughout the East Coast. An estimated 8.2 million lost power and hundreds of thousands were forced to evacuate from low lying and coastal areas.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg reported that the lower half of Manhattan was in the dark, the subways were flooded, and the return to "normal" might take days.
Officials throughout the East Coast called the damage caused by wind, rain, and storm surges unprecedented and historic.