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Hurricane Sandy: After Landfall - In Focus. Last night, Hurricane Sandy -- the largest Atlantic tropical system on record -- made landfall just south of Atlantic City, New Jersey, bringing winds up to 90 mph (150 kph), and pushing a massive storm surge onto beaches and shorelines.

Hurricane Sandy: After Landfall - In Focus

At least 12 deaths have been reported in the United States. These fatalities, when added to the previous toll in the Caribbean, leave Sandy responsible for more taking more than 80 lives to date. Millions across the Eastern Seaboard are now without power, and even more are struggling with rising floodwater. Sandy continues northward, now downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone, and those affected are now assessing the damage. Collected here are images of Sandy's aftermath, many from New York City, which suffered widespread blackouts and a record-setting high tide early this morning. Use j/k keys or ←/→ to navigate Choose: The skyline of lower Manhattan sits in darkness after a preventive power outage in New York October 29, 2012. NYC Unplugged, Long Exposure Photos of New York City During the Power Outage Blackouts. Aerial Views of the Sandy Blackout. The editor's letter in this week's New York Magazine tells the story of how the staff put the issue together after our downtown offices were flooded.

Aerial Views of the Sandy Blackout

Here is the story of how the striking photo on the cover of the issue came together. As we considered the different opportunities for imagery on Wednesday, it quickly became clear that one option was a picture of the island of Manhattan taken from the air, showing the clear delineation of lights on and off in different parts of the city. We called Iwan Baan, one of our contributing photographers, to see if he happened to be in New York at the moment. (He is based out of Amsterdam, but travels the world, and often stops by New York.) Baan's photography focuses primarily on contemporary architecture and its relationship to the urban language of the city.

Fortunately, Baan was in town last week and had prepared for the storm. But when he got to Hertz in Manhattan, they had run out of vehicles. Then he had to track down a helicopter. The Best Aerial Image of New York City You'll Ever See - Alexis C. Madrigal. This is a great image of a city that seems designed to bring great images into being. Sergey Semonov, a Russian photographer, submitted the image to the Epson International Photographic Pano Awards , and took first prize in the amateur category.

Semonov works on a small noncommercial team called AirPano , which travels the globe creating these 3D aerial panoramas . They shoot from helicopters and then stitch the images together. Mostly, they produce these spherical panoramas that I find confusing to navigate, but clearly this one has been flattened for our viewing pleasure. "I shoot landscapes, spheres from helicopter, gig-pixel panoramas as well as manipulate Photoshop and prepare the photos to be printed in a huge size and organize photo-exhibitions," Semonov wrote of his work at AirPano.

Along with the images of Manhattan, you can find many other beautiful/interesting places, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Taj Mahal, Dubai City, the Alps, and the Pyramids . Via Radley Balko.