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Handwritten signs convey desperation in Sandy's aftermath

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A sign asking for help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency is seen in the Broad Channel section of Queens, New York City on Nov. 2.

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A sign outside a home in Long Beach, N.Y., warns looters that they will be shot.

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A woman walks past a closed gas station on hard-hit Staten Island in New York City on Nov. 2.

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Messages about Hurricane Sandy are posted in the window of a Fishs Eddy houseware store on Nov. 2, 2012, in New York.

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Women stand on a piece of the devastated Rockaway Beach boardwalk that was blown onto Beach 91st street by Hurricane Sandy in the Queens borough of New York on Nov. 1.

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A sign saying "OK" is taped up in the window of a home which was damaged by Hurricane Sandy in Scituate, Mass., on Oct. 30, 2012.

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A house on Atlantic Avenue bears a message reflecting the owner's sentiments about the previous hurricane and the approaching Hurricane Sandy in Margate, N.J., on Oct. 28, 2012.

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Superstorm Sandy made landfall Monday evening on a destructive and deadly path across the Northeast.