Hoax photos flourishing as Hurricane Sandy pounds New York and the northeast

As Sandy moves inland from pounding New York and a vast stretch of the eastern U.S., thousands of images have been captured conveying the storm and the tremendous damage it’s doing.

Predictably in this age of altered images, not all of them have been authentic. One hoax has already been shared more than 540,000 times by Facebook users. I wonder how many of them think it’s real? I’m guessing quite a few.

Sedgwick County Emergency Management Homeland Security Planner Rick Shellenbarger posted the actual photo of Sandy approaching New York, which is pretty striking in its own right. Ironically, it’s only been shared 81 times as of early Tuesday morning.

Mashable.com has compiled other Photoshop images to emerge from Sandy.