12 Most Shocking Images of Sandy Destruction

A taxi parking lot is flooded in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Few pictures of Hurricane Sandy captured both the enormity of the disaster and the unquenchable spirit buried deep in the city's core better than the image of Jane's Carousel, the glass-enclosed merry-go-round on the waterfront near the Brooklyn Bridge, taken at the height of the storm. The photo shows the dark water lapping at the horses' hooves, with the eerie blacked-out lower-Manhattan skyline in the background, and the festive riderless ponies twinkling merrily in the bright yellow light. Originally posted on Instagram and picked up by CNN, the picture was seen all around the world; at one point that night it was at the top of Twitter's trends.

Amusement park rides in Seaside Heights are in the ocean. The Casino Pier roller coaster ended up in the ocean.

The winds of Superstorm Sandy, which made landfall Monday Oct 29th, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses.

A submerged escalator at the South Ferry subway station in Lower Manhattan.

North Carolina 12 is buckled from pounding surf leading into Mirlo Beach in Rodanthe, N.C. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. People on North Carolina's Outer Banks are facing some flooding and damage from Hurricane Sandy, but emergency management officials say it could have been worse.

A large tanker came ashore on Staten Island as a result of Superstorm Sandy. Half of the vessel was on the shoreline, and the rest was in the water.

An oak tree in a garden in Long Island, New York was uprooted from the ground. As the storm gains strength, the garden begins to swell as the roots of the tree are lifted out of the ground.

The total damage from Superstorm Sandy could run as high as $50 billion, according to the forecasting firm Eqecat. That would make it the second-costliest storm in U.S. history after Hurricane Katrina. The estimate includes property damage and lost business.

From the official MTA Flickr page, a boat on the tracks at Metro-North's Ossining Station on the Hudson Line.

A portion of Harvey Cedars on Long Beach Island, New Jersey was underwater after Superstorm Sandy blew across the state with devastating results.

Beach houses are left destroyed in the Bell Harbor community after Sandy inundated the Rockaway Peninsula in the borough of Queens, New York.