Nature once again proved itself being beyond human control: hurricane Sandy, which is said to have caused the biggest power-outage in history, struck the Northeast coast of the USA at about 21:00 GMT on 29 October. Its giant gusts knocked down trees and power lines, leaving over five million people in darkness.

People have been sharing their stories and jaw-dropping pictures from the scenes to let the world know what they had to go through. It‘s times like these when you can appreciate better all and everyone you have, and do your best to help the others get through.

“A giant wave along Chicago’s lakefront threatens to swallow a photographer.” Photo by Chicago Sun-Times

“The fire at Breezy Point caused extensive damage. “To describe it as looking like pictures we have seen at the end of World War II is not overstating it,” Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said.” Photo by: Frank Franklin II/Associated Press

“Homes were flooded in Tuckerton, N.J.” Photo by: Reuters

“Haley Rombi, 3, was rescued from flooding on Staten Island.” Photo by: Michael Kirby Smith for The New York Times

“A parking garage in the Wall Street area was flooded.” Photo by: Damon Winter/The New York Times

“A tree smashed a parked car on South Elliot Street in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.” Photo by: Earl Wilson for The New York Times

“A parking lot full of yellow cabs was flooded in Hoboken, N.J.” Photo by: Charles Sykes/Associated Press

“Michael Mimmo, of Bayville, N.Y., kayaked through his neighborhood.” Photo by: Michael Nagle for The New York Times

“A car was smashed along Broadway at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.” Photo by: Librado Romero/The New York Times

“A boat rested on the tracks at Metro-North’s Ossining Station in Ossining, N.Y.” Photo by: Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York, via Associated Press

“William Denny looked at an 80-foot Norwegian Spruce that fell on his home in Ossining, N.Y., destroying his bedroom.” Photo by: Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times

“A swan makes its way down a flooded street in Lindenhurst, N.Y., on Tuesday.” Photo by: Jason DeCrow/Associated Press (more photos: nytimes.com)

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