Twitter users document Hurricane Sandy in photos

30 Oct 2012

Rescue personnel help residents evacuate their apartments in Ocean City, Maryland. Tweeted by @baltimoresun

Twitter users have been sharing photos of their battered surroundings after Hurricane Sandy lashed wind and rain on the eastern United States and further up into Canada.

Sixteen people are dead as a result of Hurricane Sandy and at least 6m homes are without electricity. Streets and subways throughout New York are flooded and US President Barack Obama has declared a “major disaster” has hit the city.

Internet search giant Google has sprung into action by making its new Public Alerts available earlier than planned.

The storm has also knocked several digital media sites offline, as well, such as The Huffington Post, Gawker, Buzzfeed and others, leading them to adopt alternative measures, such as using Tumblr.

On Twitter, fake images are being shared but there are real ones, too:

After it all, a rainbow emerges in Lower Manhattan:


Tweeted by @kurtdietrich

Cars in the water in New York’s Upper East Side:


Tweeted by @BBCBreaking

A pumpkin barely survived:


Tweeted by @SocialMia

The East Village in New York:

East Village

Tweeted by @NadiyaaAnd

Uprooted tree in Brooklyn:


Tweeted by @EliFromBrooklyn