October 31, 2012 1:32am PT by Nicole Powell
Hurricane Sandy Pummels Jersey Shore, But House of Snooki Still Stands
Seaside Heights, New Jersey was among the hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy. The community is known for its world famous boardwalk as well as the infamous crew of MTV's Jersey Shore, who called the beachside enclave home.
But while the tiny peninsula, which is 81 miles south of New York City, sustained massive damage, the Shore house, shared by cast-members Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, "Pauly D" DelVecchio, Jenni "JWoww" Farley, Sammi Giancola, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, and Vinny Guadagnino since 2009 (with Deena Nicole Cortese joining in season three), is still standing, according to local reports.
Nearby Funtown Pier, however, suffered a different fate -- submerged in water, nearly 50 feet of attractions collapsed. No word yet on how the Shore Store, where Snooks and crew worked for several summers, fared following the storm.
Hours after video and still images of the ravaged town surfaced, several Shore stars voiced their concern and support for local residents.
"Sandy destroyed Seaside -- our second home," said Snooki in a statement to MTV News. "It's devastating to see our boardwalk and favorite spots ruined. My prayers go out to everyone affected by the storm."
Added Pauly D: "A huge thank you to all the men and women who have been working around the clock to protect and help everyone, true heroes!" Vinny echoed the sentiment. "I'm here to support in any way I can," said.
Sammi called the storm "devastating," while JWoww conveyed a more positive message, saying, "I am thinking about my second family at the Jersey Shore and know that we can rebuild and come back stronger."
In total, the superstorm that swept over the East Coast is estimated to have cost nearly $50 billion in damages.