When a storm so powerful that even meteorologists can't find the right expletives for it hits your hometown, it's human instinct to go outside to get a good view of the action. Do not do this, you will get hurt. Instead, look at these crazy photos from the whole East Coast. At left, here's a GIF from the live Rockaway Beach, New York camera at Surfline.com. People are just strolling along in a mandatory evacuation zone. Again, do not do this. Just look at the GIF instead.

By the beach in Milford, Connecticut on Monday:

People tempting fate in Ocean City, Maryland:

Someone trying to drive in this weather in Southampton, New York on Monday:

An abandoned home in that town:

Big waves in Virginia Beach:

(Above photos via Reuters.)

Waves crash over the seawall in Battery Park, New York City on Monday:

Rough water in New York:

Damage to the Avalon Pier in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina on Monday:

See this thing this person is doing in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina? Don't do it.

That's water from the Long Island Sound splashing up over roadways at Seaside Park in Bridgeport, Connecticut on Monday.

Flooding on the waterfront in Hoboken, New Jersey Monday.

Crazy waves in Peggoty Beach, Scituate, Massachusetts Monday.

Flooding in Sea Bright, New Jersey on Monday.

(Photos via Associated Press.)

The FDR Drive in New York is underwater Monday, as tweeted by the Huffington Post's Mike Ryan:

The New York Times' Sam Sifton tweets this photo of the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn:

The BBC's Matt Danzico tweets this photo of the East River rising in Dumbo:

Waves crashing in Nantasket Beach in Hull, Massachusetts, as photographed by Jeff Cutler via Flickr:

On Sunday, the Flickr page of Dare County, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, posted this photo of Duck Pier, explaining, "The waters in the sound have been pushed west by the wind. Watch for rising waters when the wind shifts it may push all the water back at alarming rates. Be cautious." Usually the water is between 1 foot and 4 feet high in this spot.

 

And here's what the wind looks like from this nifty live wind map: