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Eastern US braces for dangerous superstorm

EW YORK (AP) - Forecasters say Hurricane Sandy is about 485 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 evening that the storm has top sustained winds of 75 mph. It is moving to the northeast at 15 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.

Major metropolitan areas from Washington to Boston are bracing for 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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