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In her princess costume for Halloween, Lisa Kravchenko stands amid flood debris in the Staten Island borough of New York. “We are going to need some patience and some tolerance,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

The devastation from superstorm Sandy

President Obama embraces Donna Vanzant during a Wednesday tour of a neighborhood in Brigantine, N.J., affected by superstorm Sandy. Vanzant is owner of North Point Marina, which was damaged by the storm.
Associated Press photos
This aerial photo taken Wednesday shows the Breezy Point neighborhood in Queens, where more than 50 homes were burned to the ground Monday night as a result of the storm. Sandy, which made landfall Monday, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 8 million homes and businesses.
Scott Armstrong uses a backhoe to trim trees Tuesday on State Route 612 in Mossy, W.Va., after superstorm Sandy dumped 2 feet of snow in parts of the West Virginia mountains. Drifts 4 feet deep were reported at Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the Tennessee-North Carolina border.
Workers try to clear boats and debris from the New Jersey Transit’s Morgan drawbridge Wednesday in South Amboy, N.J., after Monday’s storm surge from Sandy pushed boats and cargo containers onto the train tracks. The North Jersey Coast Line, which provides train service from the New Jersey shore towns to New York City, may experience prolonged disruption because of the extensive damage.
An amusement park lies in ruins Wednesday in Seaside Heights, N.J., its roller coaster washed into the Atlantic Ocean. New Jersey got the brunt of Sandy, which made landfall in the state and killed six people. More than 2 million customers in the state were without power as of Wednesday afternoon, down from a peak of 2.7 million.
A destroyed beachfront house is seen from the air Wednesday, a common sight along the central New Jersey shoreline.

The massive storm that started out as Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East Coast, merged with other weather fronts and then churned west as far as Illinois, killing dozens of people in its wake.

Bigger than the state of Texas at its height, the superstorm flooded coastal communities and launched snowstorms that dumped nearly 3 feet of snow on Appalachian states.

It shut down Wall Street and the federal government, canceled flights worldwide, closed schools, paused early voting and presidential campaigns, and could not be avoided on television and social media.

By the numbers

•As the cleanup begins, estimate for the final bill: $20 billion

•Highest storm surge: 14.6 feet at Bergen Point, N.J.

•Number of states seeing intense effects of the storm: At least 17

•Top wind gust on land in the U.S.: 90 mph – Islip, N.Y., and Robbins Reef, N.J.

•Power outages at peak: More than 8.5 million

•Canceled airline flights: More than 19,000

•Most rainfall: 12.55 inches, at Easton, Md.

•Most snow: 34 inches at Gatlinburg, Tenn.

•Evacuation zone: Included communities in more than 400 miles of coastline from Ocean City, Md., to Dartmouth, Mass.

Sources: National Weather Service, FlightAware, Weather Underground, Associated Press