The picture below was taken by NASA's Suomi NPP satellite:
Sandy's clouds are illuminated by the full moon. You can see the lights of southeastern US cities shining through the clouds.
Bad Astronomer Phil Plait had these comments:
I suppose this is how a mouse feels, staring into the eyes of snake. There is a simultaneous dread, paralyzing fear, and entrancing beauty to hurricanes seen from space. I marvel when I see these… and then I remember the dozen or so hurricanes I’ve lived and driven through; the adrenaline surges every time I heard a branch crash down; the lying in bed at night awake, wondering what I’d awaken to. There can be terror in beauty.