Posted: Oct 28, 2012 6:50 PM
NEW YORK - Forecasters say Hurricane Sandy is about 530 miles southeast of New York City and the center of the storm is expected to be near the mid-Atlantic coast on Monday night.
The National Hurricane Center said Sunday afternoon that the storm has winds of 75 mph. Hurricane-force winds extend up to 175 miles from the storm's center.
Sandy is on track to collide with a wintry storm moving in from the west and cold air streaming down from the Arctic.
Big cities from Washington to Boston are buttoning up in advance of what is expected to be a superstorm that could menace some 50 million people in the most heavily populated corridor in the nation.
Water is a big worry, National Hurricane Center Director Rick Knabb says the storm's size means some coastal parts of New York and New Jersey can see water rise up to 11 feet above ground from surge and waves. The rest of the coast north of Virginia can see up to 8 feet of surge. He says millions of people may be harmed by inland flooding.
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