Flooding in Cape May

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Stormy monstrosity

The rushing waters of storm surge from Hurricane Sandy begin to flood Beach Avenue on Oct. 29 in Cape May, N.J.

Mid-Atlantic residents are bracing themselves for torrential rain, gale-force winds and potential devastation that will be wrought by Sandy, which has been dubbed the "Frankenstorm" due to its monster size and proximity to Halloween.

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Flooded streets of Atlantic City

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Submerged streets

The eerie glow of traffic lights and street lamps reflect in the rising floodwaters of Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 29 in Atlantic City, N.J.

Following an emergency declaration issued by Gov. Chris Christie, Atlantic City shut down its casinos and ordered 30,000 residents to evacuate.

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Workers place sandbags along entrance to office building

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Preventative measures

Workers put up sand bags in front of an office building on Oct. 29 on West Street in New York City's Lower Manhattan, which is slated to be hit by Hurricane Sandy later this evening.

Due to the full moon, Sandy is expected to produce tides of 6 feet to 11 feet in New York Harbor — some of the highest storm surge levels in the city's history. In comparison, the storm surges of last year's Hurricane Irene only reached up to 4 feet.

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Obama steps off Air Force One

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Presidential duties

President Barack Obama steps off Air Force One on Oct. 29 upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.

Obama cancelled his appearance at a campaign rally in Orlando, Fla., and returned early to Washington, D.C., to monitor the national response to Hurricane Sandy, which has much of the Mid-Atlantic in lockdown mode.

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Boardwalk shops covered with sheets of wood saying

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Politics and hurricanes

Raymond Souza carries away a ladder on Oct. 28 after boarding up Tidal Rave's 5 & 10 gift shop on the boardwalk of Rehoboth Beach, Del., in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy's landfall.

The storm comes during the frenzied last days of the 2012 election season. Obama cancelled rallies in Florida and Wisconsin, while Mitt Romney was forced to cancel stops in Virginia and New Hampshire.

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Worker walks in sea foam

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Rising waters

A worker wearing bright yellow rain gear walks through sea foam that is seeping onto an elevated deck on Oct. 29 along the swelling shore of Atlantic City, N.J.

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Cape May lighthouse during Hurricane Sandy

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Rough waves

The Cape May Lighthouse is seen through the mist as rough surf from Hurricane Sandy pounds the shoreline on Oct. 29 in Cape May, N.J.

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A woman walks past a boarded up Saks Fifth Avenue

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All boarded up

A woman wearing a poncho walks past a boarded up Saks Fifth Avenue on Oct. 29 in New York City.

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Catie Leary ( @catieleary ) writes about science, travel, animals and the arts.

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