Hurricane Sandy’s wrath being felt hours before landfall, forecasted to be biggest storm to hit northeast coast
Late-minute preparations for Hurricane Sandy, the ‘frankenstorm’ set to be the largest hurricane to ever hit the northeastern United States and Canada, intensified Monday as monster storm shut down transportation, shuttered businesses and sent thousands scrambling for higher ground hours before its landfall.
About 50 million people from the Mid-Atlantic to Canada were in the path of the nearly 1,600-km-wide storm, which forecasters said could be the largest to hit the mainland in U.S. history and will have a devastating landfall. It was expected to topple trees, damage buildings, cause power outages and trigger heavy flooding.
“We are certain that this is going to be a slow-moving process through a wide swath of the country, and millions of people are going to affected,” U.S. President Barack Obama said, speaking to reporters from the White House Monday afternoon.
The storm is bearing down nearly directly upon New York City and the city’s mayor, Michael Bloomberg, said Sandy’s full wrath could be felt by 6 p.m. today.