Hurricane Sandy, 1,000 miles in length, struck the Northeast Monday and did unprecedented destruction and damage to one of the largest population areas in the country, including almost shutting down life and traffic in New York City. It caused the cancellation of at least 15,000 national and international flights as of Monday night.

The skyline of lower Manhattan was eerily dark Monday night because of power outages that affected as estimated 7.4 million people in the area. The storm produced flooding, downed trees and power lines, did structural damage to buildings and even caused blizzards in West Virginia.

View a slideshow of some photographs from the incredible weather situation, captured by Associated Presss photographers, here: