The NYC hurricane (of 1954)

Source:  The NYC hurricane (of 1954)    Tag:  xray wiki
When I saw this photo at Black and WTF, I thought the man was trying to hold the tree up.  Such was not the case -
1954 - A passerby holds on to a tree for support as hurricane swept waves hammer the sea wall adjacent to the Belt Parkway near 72nd Street in Brooklyn. The New York area and the New Jersey coastline were battered by Hurricane Carol...
- but it still looks like that to me.