Hurricane Sandy, also known as Superstorm Sandy, began as a tropical wave in the Caribbean Sea on October 22, 2012. It was the deadliest and second-costliest hurricane to hit the United States after Hurricane Katrina.
Below is a selection of images showing the destruction of Superstorm Sandy to the New York and New Jersey coastline, combined with the reconstruction of the damage from 2013 and 2014.
This combination of Oct. 29, 2012 and Oct. 20, 2013 photos shows sea water flooding the entrance to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel in New York as Superstorm Sandy struck the city and traffic entering nearly a year later. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
In this combination of photos from Dec. 4 2012, and Oct. 15, 2014, Anne Hoerning looks from her second floor balcony at the remains of the over 100 houses that burned during Superstorm Sandy in the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough of New York, top, and replacements for houses that were destroyed by fire two years earlier. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
In this combination of photos from Nov. 14, 2012, and Oct. 15, 2014, Louise McCarthy carts belongings from her flood-damaged home as she passes the charred ruins of other homes in the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough of New York following Superstorm Sandy, top, and the same site nearly two years later. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
In this combination of Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 and Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 photos, the sun rises in Seaside Heights, N.J., behind the Jet Star Roller Coaster which had been sitting in the ocean after part of the Casino Pier was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy, and the empty site nearly a year after the storm. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
This combination of Thursday, April 25, 2013 and Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 photos shows homes destroyed by Superstorm Sandy at Ortley Beach in Toms River, N.J. and an empty lot in the area six months later. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
This combination of Oct. 29, 2012 and Oct. 17, 2013 photos shows a darkened lower Manhattan during Superstorm Sandy as seen from the Brooklyn Heights promenade in the Brooklyn borough of New York and the same view nearly a year later. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
This combination of Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012 and Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 photos shows debris left by Superstorm Sandy where the boardwalk had been in front of Lucky Leo’s arcade in Seaside Heights, N.J. and people walking at the rebuilt area nearly a year later. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
This combination of Oct. 30, 2012 and Oct. 22, 2013 photos shows downed power lines and a battered road smashed by Superstorm Sandy in Seaside Heights, N.J. and traffic flowing at the same site nearly a year later. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
This combination of Oct. 29, 2012 and Oct. 17, 2013 photos shows the flooded streets around a Con Edison power substation as the East River overflows into the Dumbo section of the Brooklyn borough of New York, N.Y. as Superstorm Sandy moved through the area and a pedestrian walking through the same intersection nearly a year later. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
This combination of Oct. 30, 2012 and Oct. 22, 2013 photos shows Brian Hajeski, of Brick, N.J., on a bridge in Mantaloking, N.J., on the morning after Superstorm Sandy rolled through and at the same site nearly a year later.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
This combination of Thursday, April 25, 2013 and Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 photos shows U.S. flags at a site in Brick, N.J., around the burned remains of more than 60 small bungalows at Camp Osborn which were destroyed during Superstorm Sandy and the same area nearly six months later. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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Lead Image Caption: This aerial photo shows the destroyed homes left in the wake of superstorm Sandy on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Ortley Beach, N.J. New Jersey got the brunt of Sandy, which made landfall in the state and killed six people. More than 2 million customers were without power as of Wednesday afternoon, down from a peak of 2.7 million. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
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