A man surveys the devastated Rockaway Beach

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Far from normal

A man surveys the devastated Rockaway Beach on Oct. 31 in Queens, New York after Hurricane Sandy toppled homes and washed away the neighborhood's historic boardwalk.

 

Sandy's death toll currently stands at 76 people in the U.S. and 145 people worldwide, and with millions of homes and businesses still without power, residents most affected by the monstrous storm have a long way to go before things are back to normal.

 

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U.S. President Barack Obama comforts Dana Vanzant

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Presidential hugs

U.S. President Barack Obama comforts Dana Vanzant, a victim of Hurricane Sandy, on Oct. 31 while on a neighborhood visit to Brigantine, N.J. with New Jersey governor Chris Christie.

 

As Americans sift through the wreckage left by the massive storm, the tied-up race for the Presidency is fired up yet again with just a few days before Election Day.

 

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A gaggle of children make their way past a downed tree while trick-or-treating

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The show must go on

A gaggle of children make their way past a downed tree while trick-or-treating on Oct. 31 in Farmingdale, N.Y.

 

Many residents in hurricane affected neighborhoods were forced to hold off on trick-or-treating this year, but for some children, braving the storm-weathered streets for free candy was well worth it. In New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie even signed an executive order to reschedule Halloween for Nov. 5 to avoid children from coming into contact with downed trees and power lines.

 

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Men dig trenches in the sand

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Flooding relief

Men dig trenches in the sand on Oct. 31 to pump water out of basements flooded by Hurricane Sandy in Long Beach, N.Y.

 

Widespread power outages and major flooding are still affecting large swaths of New York City, but Con Edison expects to have power restored to Manhattan between Friday and Saturday.

 

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Electrical worker clears snow-laden power lines

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Snor'eastercane

Rob Kohler, an electrical line worker from Kokomo, Indiana, clears snow-laden power lines on Oct. 31 in Terra Alta, W.V.

 

After colliding with the cool temperatures of a nor'easter, Hurricane Sandy dumped as much as 3 feet of snow in the higher elevations of West Virginia.
 
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Jim Margiotta climbs under his garage door

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Sanded in

Jim Margiotta climbs under his garage door, which was flooded with ocean water and sand by Hurricane Sandy, on Oct. 31 in Long Beach, N.Y.

 

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Storm victims charge electronics

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Gadget priority

A good samaritan provides electricity for storm victims to charge their gadgetson Oct. 31 on 11th Street in Hoboken, N.J.

 

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