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Coastal Areas Bear Brunt of Sandy's Damaging Wrath

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Emergency officials conduct evacuations in Crisfield, Md., on Oct. 29, 2012. (Photo: WBOC NewsWatcher Kristen Abbott) Emergency officials conduct evacuations in Crisfield, Md., on Oct. 29, 2012. (Photo: WBOC NewsWatcher Kristen Abbott)
A WBOC NewsWatcher sent in this photo of the fishing pier in Ocean City, Md., damaged by Hurricane Sandy. A WBOC NewsWatcher sent in this photo of the fishing pier in Ocean City, Md., damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP/WBOC)- Before Hurricane Sandy knocked out power to New York's famous skyline or flooded lower Manhattan, the storm came howling into dozens of other communities across the Eastern Seaboard, bringing relentless winds, drenching rain and heavy, punishing surf.

A string of New Jersey's barrier islands were cut off from the mainland by storm surges. Chincoteague Island was cut off from the mainland of the Eastern Shore of Virginia after the causeway linking the two closed for an extended period due to rising waters.

Crashing waves shattered a substantial part of a landmark fishing pier in Ocean City, Md. And dangerous winds forced the port in Portland, Maine, to close.

The danger is far from over. After merging with a cold-weather system just before making landfall near Atlantic City, the combined superstorm could still cause inland flooding and more widespread power outages as it spins along a path expected to take it over Pennsylvania before turning toward New England.

 

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