Here's How Much Worse Hurricane Sandy Is Than Irene (Spoiler: Much, Much Worse)S

Even though this summer's Hurricane Irene left dozens dead and caused billions of dollars of damage, there was an inescapable consensus that it didn't quite live up to the hype. As you can see above, meeting expectations appears to be the one thing we don't have to worry about with Sandy.

We'll continue updating our storm coverage throughout the day. In the meantime, please be safe out there. Make sure you're stocked up. And whatever you do, don't assume that because Irene fizzled Sandy will, too. As you can see, it's an entirely different—and far more terrifying—animal.

Image credit: Atilly Nagy via NOAA/NASA