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A wave crashes over the protecting sandbags in front of the houses on the east side of Ocean Isle Beach during Hurricane Sandy in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, October 27, 2012 (Credit: Reuters/Randall Hill)

A wave crashes over the protecting sandbags in front of the houses on the east side of Ocean Isle Beach during Hurricane Sandy in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, October 27, 2012 (Credit: Reuters/Randall Hill)