To assess the damages caused by Hurricane Sandy, NOAA's NOS (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Ocean Service) has just released satellite images collected yesterday, on October 31, along the New Jersey coast that are overlaid on top of Google Satellite maps. WeatherMatrix has put them next to "before images" that show the devastation caused to Seaside Heights, New Jersey.
After a hurricane hits a coastal area, NOS's National Geodetic Survey (NGS) begins flying photo survey missions to assess storm damage so that emergency and coastal manager have the information they need to develop recovery strategies, help search-and-rescue efforts, identify navigation hazards and more. These before-and-after images give them an incredibly important bird's-eye view so that they can properly assess the damage and then respond to it.
The top photo shows a huge chunk of the boardwalk missing while in the second and last shots, houses are completely gone. Notice that in the last photo, boats that were once neatly docked are now in complete disarray. Shocking.