A man in snorkeling gear and his friend wade through the flooded streets of Brooklyn, New York

A man in snorkeling gear and his friend wade through the flooded streets of Brooklyn, New York

A man in snorkeling gear and his friend wade through the flooded streets of Brooklyn, New York, October 29, 2012 as Hurricane Sandy made landfall in the northeastern United States. Hurricane Sandy began battering the U.S. East Coast on Monday with fierce winds and driving rain, as the monster storm shut down transportation, shuttered businesses and sent thousands scrambling for higher ground hours before the worst was due to strike. REUTERS/Gary He (UNITED STATES – Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)