East Coast Prepares for Hurricane Sandy

11:37 AM, Oct 28, 2012   |    comments
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TRENTON, N.J. (AP/WGRZ) - With a fearsome superstorm threatening the Eastern Seaboard, several governors are declaring states of emergency and urging coastal residents to move inland.

Click Here to watch the latest Storm Team 2 forecast as we continue to track Hurricane Sandy.

Friday, New York governor Andrew Cuomo issued a State of Emergency in every county in the state in preparation for Hurricane Sandy.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ordered the evacuations of all Atlantic City casinos and the state's barrier islands by Sunday afternoon. He's also closing state parks.

North Carolina Gov. Beverly Purdue has declared a state of emergency for some coastal areas. There's concern that a temporary bridge built after Hurricane Irene last year could be washed out again, cutting off Hatteras Island.

New York City is considering whether to shut down any of its public transportation, as it did during Irene.

Airlines are predicting cancellations and waiving change fees for passengers who want to reschedule.

The danger is not just from Hurricane Sandy, which is expected to come ashore early Tuesday somewhere around Delaware. As it moves inland, forecasters say Sandy will run into two winter weather systems, potentially creating one huge storm. An 800-mile wide swath of the country could see 50 mph winds.

Torrential rains are also predicted, and in some places, snow.

An 800-mile wide swath of the country could be raked by strong winds, torrential rain and even snow in some areas from the combined mega-storm. Millions of people may experience prolonged power outages.

President Barack Obama is canceling campaign appearances in Northern Virginia on Monday and Colorado on Tuesday so he can monitor Hurricane Sandy. The storm is forecast to make landfall on the East Coast at that time. The White House says Obama is still set to make campaign visits to Florida and Ohio on Monday before returning to Washington.

The Red Cross is asking donors to give blood before Hurricane Sandy arrives. Click Here for a list of where you can give blood locally.

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