"It was nerve-racking for a while, before the storm hit," said Don Schweikert, a bed-and-breakfast owner in Cape May, N.J., who stayed in his property as Sandy made landfall about 30 miles to the northeast. "Everything was rattling."
Beach communities from Ocean City, Md., to Dartmouth, Mass., were under mandatory evacuation orders at some points. The effects extended beyond the beaches and out to sea.
Off the North Carolina coast, the storm sunk the HMS Bounty, a replica of an 18th-century sailing ship that was built for the 1962 Marlon Brando movie "Mutiny on the Bounty." Fourteen crew members were rescued by helicopter from rubber lifeboats. Another was found unresponsive in the waves, and the captain was still missing late Monday.
Authorities imposed a curfew on Virginia's exposed Chincoteague Island, where most of the roads were underwater and the five-mile causeway connecting it to the mainland had to be closed.
Image: The Empire State Building, right, glows over a darkened neighborhood on the west side of Manhattan on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 in New York. Much of New York was plunged into darkness Monday by a superstorm that overflowed the city's historic waterfront, flooded the financial district and subway tunnels and cut power to hundreds of thousands of people.