Calamitous. Incalculable. Unthinkable.
New Jersey officials and residents have run out of words to describe the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy, a behemoth of a storm that more than lived up to its hype.
Up and down the coast, the ocean roared ashore, dislodging homes from their foundations, ripping away piers and swallowing entire neighborhoods. Unprecedented storm surge in the Raritan Bay and up the Hudson River pushed seawater into places it had never gone before.