Hurricane Sandy battered the Atlantic Coast on Monday, its powerful gusts and storm surges causing once-in-a-generation flooding in coastal communities, knocking down trees and power lines, and leaving more than a million people in the rain-soaked dark. The massive and merciless storm unexpectedly picked up speed as it roared over the ocean on a slate-gray Monday and went on to paralyze life for millions of people, with extensive evacuations that turned shorefront neighborhoods into ghost towns.
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