SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. (AP) - Hurricane Sandy is moving parallel to the Southeast coast this morning.
At last report it was about 260 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., with sustained winds of 75 mph. It's expected to approach the coast of the mid-Atlantic states by tomorrow night. The massive storm is on a collision course with a wintry storm system approaching the region from the west and a cold front -- a convergence so rare that forecasters at the National Hurricane Center say they "can't pinpoint who is going to get the worst of it."
Residents in the eastern third of the country from the Mid-Atlantic region to the Northeast are bracing for the storm. Forecasters expect very strong winds, torrential rain and even snow in some areas from the mega-storm. Officials warn that millions of people could experience prolonged power outages.
Several states have already declared emergencies and President Barack Obama plans to skip some campaign events tomorrow and Tuesday to monitor the situation from the White House.
Federal, state and local emergency preparedness operations are swinging into action. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has told the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to prepare to shut the New York City subways, buses and suburban trains. Atlantic City officials say an evacuation begins at noon.