New Jersey was reeling Wednesday from the impact of Hurricane Sandy, which caused catastrophic flooding in Hoboken and other New York City suburbs, destroyed entire neighborhoods across the state and wiped out iconic boardwalks in shore towns that had enchanted generations of vacationgoers.
Although the storm raged up the East Coast, it has become increasingly apparent that New Jersey took the brunt of it. Officials estimated that the state suffered many billions of dollars in property damage. About a quarter of the state's population — more than 2 million people — remained without power Wednesday, and more than 6,000 were still in shelters, state emergency officials said.
Meanwhile, New York faced the reality of life after Hurricane Sandy on Wednesday: horror in still-waterlogged neighborhoods, where rescue workers pulled bodies from wreckage, and exasperation elsewhere as more than 3.75 million people entered a third day without electricity.