Hurricane Sandy hit the Eastern seaboard of the United States with a vengeance yesterday. A 900 mile stretch of mid-Atlantic states took the brunt of the beating, with huge portions of New York City and Atlantic City under water. Experts say repairing the damage could already cost billions, and with Sandy set to continue as a non-tropical storm throughout New England, the price could climb higher still.
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In case you’ve ever doubted that climate change is really happening, and that it is changing Earth’s weather patterns to favor bigger and more dangerous storms, we’ve rounded up six bone-shaking images of Hurricane Sandy’s destruction from the past 48 hours. Climate change won’t wait while we debate about semantics or complain that it’s not fair for big polluters to have to clean up their act. It’s here. It’s happening now. And we’re already losing the battle.
1. Hurricane Sandy vs. Hurricane Irene
2. Cars destroyed in NYC (pre-flooding)
3. Vehicles are submerged on 14th Street near the Consolidated Edison power plant in New York (the plant would later blow a transformer). This photo via the Hurricane Sandy Facebook page. Yes, that’s a real thing.
6. Ground Zero – via the AP’s John Minchillo
Our hearts and prayers go out to those in America affected by this disaster. Please do what you can to help those in need today, and in the days to come.
Image via NASA/Flickr