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Atlantic Coast Braces for Super-Storm Sandy

Mass evacuations ordered along United States northern coast as Sandy hovers nearby


With Hurricane Sandy menacing the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, airlines have already canceled over 3,200 flights into the region, according to USA Today, and parts of New York City were ordered evacuated today, reported The Wall Street Journal.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters "now it is time to take action" as he ordered public transportation shut down in the capital tonight. He also told 370,000 New Yorkers they needed to leave their homes for their own safety and canceled Monday classes in 1,750 schools, according to WSJ.

Rainfall from the monster storm could hit New York City as early as tonight, reported the Associated Press.

Delaware and New Jersey have already issued evacuation orders, said AP.

AP listed five major reasons why Sandy is expected to be one of the worst storms in decades: 1) it's at hurricane strength already, 2) it's expected to collide with another winter storm hanging out in the area, 3) next it'll pick up strong Arctic winds, 4) then it's projected to land right at full moon (read: high tides), promising higher-than-usual storm surges, 5) finally, Sandy's winds could be as strong as 74 mph, threatening to wreak havoc on the coast's power supply lines.

Cuomo on Friday declared a State of Emergency on Friday as Sandy—likened to the "perfect storm" of 1991—leveled homes across the Caribbean late last week.

The storm hit Florida on Friday after whipping Cuba, killing 66 people in the Carribbean, according to AP.