Sandy socks East Coast

Swirling from the nation’s capital to New England, a hurricane-fueled superstorm struck the most populous region of the United States on Monday with the type of brute force that had been predicted for days, flooding roads and knocking out power to thousands in the D.C. region.

Diana Clarke sits on a cot set up by the Red Cross as she takes shelter from Hurricane Sandy at Weymouth High School in Weymouth, Mass. Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Diana Clarke sits on a cot set up by the Red Cross as she takes shelter from Hurricane Sandy at Weymouth High School in Weymouth, Mass. Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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