Getting Through #Sandy: Reporting and Connecting During a Superstorm

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As the huge post-tropical superstorm Sandy surged through the Northeast U.S. causing enormous damage and several fatalities, people have been reporting from the scene and connecting as they can via social media. If you weathered Sandy last night and this morning, please check in as you can in the comments and let us know how you're faring.

Coming Together in Crisis

People retweeted news reports, rumors and the debunking of rumors, pictures from the scene, cries of distress, and crucial official messages, as well as reliable information streams such as FDNY, WNYC, and #hurricanehackers -- helping out with storm-related tech problems.

Connecting and Sharing Well Wishes

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Vehicles in a flooded street in Queens borough of New York. Sandy, the 10th hurricane this year, is considered one of the strongest storms ever to affect the U.S. East Coast. (Credit Image: © Wang Chengyun/Xinhua/ZUMAPRESS.com)

NEXT PAGE: Politics, Outrage, and Even a Little Awesome The Political Impact

Just one week before the U.S. presidential election, President Obama and Gov. Romney both cancelled scheduled campaign appearances Monday. Romney's camp denied that he would abolish FEMA if he were elected. Meanwhile, pundits speculated upon Sandy's impact on the election.

The Outrage and the Humor

People vented about Sandy-branded sales:

Others made jokes -- including the hashtag #RomneyStormTips and an innumerable number of Photoshopped storm images.

But the clear winner of Twitter -- besides the first responders and the well wishers, of course -- was New York Mayor Bloomberg's sign language interpreter, Lydia Calas, who got a lot of adoration for her totally kick-ass, very animated signing of the mayor's emergency messages.

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Jokes aside: Please check in and let us know how you and your family are doing, or share your thoughts on the storm. Stay safe.

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