Hurricane Sandy – by Luke Sharrett

Hurricane Sandy

A television news anchor tries to dodge a wave from the Atlantic ocean that crested the boardwalk in Rehoboth, Del. as Hurricane Sandy approaches the East Coast on October 29, 2012. Luke Sharrett for The New York Times

DC-based photographer Luke Sharrett covered Hurricane Sandy and the damage it caused.

Hurricane Superstorm Sandy made landfall on the coast of New Jersey on October 29, 2012. By the time it was all said and done, 7.5 million people were left without power, dozens were dead, and damage in the billions stretched throughout multiple states up and down the Atlantic Seaboard. Americans had never seen a storm as large or devastating as Sandy and may never see one again in their lifetimes. It truly was a once-in-a-lifetime.

Sandy was the first hurricane I had ever covered. I learned a lot about being prepared, risk management, gaining access to restricted areas, working under martial law, and identifying with my subjects. I rented an SUV and loaded it up with bottled water, non-perishable food, towels, plastic bags to use as rain covers for my cameras, A/C power supplies, cans of fix-a-flat, waders, boots, and lots of rain gear. Not knowing how bad the damage would be, I was prepared to spend a week or more living out of my car. Because fuel is always hard to come by after hurricanes, I had a reserve supply of 12 gallons in fuel cans in my trunk and made sure to top off at gas stations whenever I could.

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Hurricane Sandy

A body boarder wades into the Atlantic Ocean at Rehoboth, Del. as Hurricane Sandy approaches the East Coast on October 28, 2012. Luke Sharrett for The New York Times

Hurricane Sandy

A car submerged in sand is seen amongst devastation from Hurricane Sandy on the Southern end of Long Beach Island on the Jersey Shore on October 31, 2012. Luke Sharrett for The New York Times

Hurricane Sandy

Sgt. Kevin Cassano of the New Jersey National Guard stands on a humvee for reception amidst devastation from Hurricane Sandy on the Southern end of Long Beach Island on the Jersey Shore on October 31, 2012. Luke Sharrett for The New York Times

Hurricane Sandy

Beach cottages lost their foundations because of Hurricane Sandy’s effect on the Southern end of Long Beach Island on the Jersey Shore on October 31, 2012. Luke Sharrett for The New York Times

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