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President Barack Obama, accompanied by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Sen. Charles Schumer, D.N.Y., and other, hugs Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., after a news conference on Cedar Grove Avenue, a street significantly impacted by Superstorm Sandy, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, on Staten Island, in New York. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Sandy: Road to recovery

Sandy, a massive storm described by forecasters as one of the

largest to ever hit the United States, thrashed the East Coast, flooding towns and leaving millions without power.