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Photos: Fresh air, great waves... and a superstorm

Instead of buckling down, some people headed outside to experience Sandy's wild weather

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Caleb Lavoie, 17, of Dayton, Maine, front, and Curtis Huard, 16, of Arundel, Maine, leap out of the way as a large wave crashes over a seawall on the Atlantic Ocean during the early stages of Superstorm Sandy, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in Kennebunk, Maine.

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Hilavio Baquero stands in front of waves as winds from hurricane Sandy reach Seaside Park in Bridgeport, Conn., Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain.

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Waves crash over Eric Mongirdas as the storm surge caused by Sandy pummels the coastline in Milford, Connecticut October 29, 2012. , The monster storm bearing down on the U.S. east coast, strengthened on Monday after hundreds of thousands moved to higher ground.

MICHELLE MCLOUGHLIN/REUTERS

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Lisa Famularo and her husband, Michael Green, prepare to get slammed by a large wave while taking pictures of heavy surf in the Atlantic Ocean during the early stages of Hurricane Sandy, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in Kennebunk, Maine.

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Two boys run down Foster Avenue while dodging high winds and waves from the effects of Hurricane Sandy in Marshfield, Massechusetts October 29, 2012. The monster storm bearing down on the East Coast, strengthened on Monday after hundreds of thousands moved to higher ground.

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L-R: Denitsa Nakova, Abraham Robles, Laura Carrasco and Marilyn Rodriguez let the waves wash over them in Milford, Connecticut as Hurricane Sandy approaches the area October 29, 2012.

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Ryan Blankenship takes advantage of the unusually high swell caused by Hurricane Sandy in Virginia Beach, Virginia, October 29, 2012. Sandy, one of the biggest storms ever to hit the United States, lashed the densely populated East Coast on Monday, shutting down transportation, forcing evacuations in flood-prone areas and interrupting the presidential campaign.

RICH-JOSEPH FACUN/Reuters

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People brace against a gust from Sandy in Brooklyn's Dumbo neighborhood Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Residents of the neighborhood were ordered to evacuate because of the storm surge expected from the hurricane. Authorities warned that New York City and Long Island could get the worst of the storm surge: an 11-foot onslaught of seawater that could swamp lower areas of the city.

Bebeto Matthews/AP

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People brave high winds and blowing sand as they watch the rising surf at Coney Island Beach in the Brooklyn borough of New York as Sandy arrives, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012.

Mark Lennihan/AP

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A wall of water makes its way to shore as residents take a dip in the big surf in Ocean City, Maryland, as Sandy intensifies October 29, 2012. About 50 million people from the Mid-Atlantic to Canada were in the path of the nearly 1,600-kilometre-wide storm, which forecasters said could be the largest to hit the mainland in U.S. history.

KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS

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Residents test the high surf in in Ocean City, Maryland as Sandy intensifies October 29, 2012.

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Residents take a dip in the big surf in Ocean City, Maryland, as Sandy intensifies October 29, 2012. About

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Felquin Piedra rides his personal watercraft in New York Harbor as Sandy approaches New York October 29, 2012.

CARLO ALLEGRI/REUTERS

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A visitor in a bathrobe does a cartwheel in the rain while visiting Times Square in New York October 29, 2012. As Sandy aimed straight for them, promising to hammer the place they live with lashing winds and extensive flooding, New Yorkers seemed to be all about nonchalance on Monday morning - an attitude that didn't last into the afternoon.=

ADREES LATIF/REUTERS

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A man reacts to waves crashing over a seawall in Narragansett, R.I., Monday, Oct. 29, 2012.

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