Just found this topic.
During Sandy, I lived in Nutley, NJ - small town in Essex county NJ, 20 or so minutes from NYC. The storm wasn't bad with rain, even wind honestly. It was the storm surge that flooded everything. We had beer and food and candles/flashlights at the ready. We lost power around 6pm that Sunday night - wasn't restored until Saturday. It was a rough week, no food after awhile, no hot water, gas shortage, etc.
But we made it out pretty lucky. My buddy used to live on the Lower East Side and his place was pretty much destroyed.