Latest on mid Atlantic Preparations for Hurricane Sandy - a combination of weather systems -

By: AP
By: AP

(AP) -- Several governors along the East Coast are declaring states of emergency and urging their coastal residents to move inland ahead of a potentially huge storm formed by the merging of Hurricane Sandy with two wintry weather systems.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is ordering the evacuations of all Atlantic City casinos and the state's barrier islands by tomorrow afternoon. He's also closing state parks.
North Carolina Gov. Beverly Purdue has declared a state of emergency for some coastal areas. There's concern that a temporary bridge built after Hurricane Irene last year could be washed out again, cutting off Hatteras Island.
New York City is considering whether to shut down any of its public transportation, as it did during Irene.
Airlines are predicting cancellations and waiving change fees for passengers who want to reschedule.
Hurricane Sandy is expected to come ashore early Tuesday somewhere around Delaware.
An 800-mile wide swath of the country could be raked by strong winds, torrential rain and even snow in some areas from the combined mega-storm. Millions of people may experience prolonged power outages.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The storm that is threatening 60 million Americans in the eastern third of the nation with persistent high winds, drenching rains, extreme tides and heavy flooding is not one simple weather system.
Weather experts say it combines Hurricane Sandy, an ordinary cold front and Arctic air. The hurricane is being steered by a giant ridge of air centered over Greenland, blocking its normal path north. The full moon and an expected record low pressure will likely amplify its wrath.
The result is a week-long weather monster that the federal government's top forecaster says is far worse than the sum of its parts.
Weather Underground director Jeff Masters calls it part hurricane, part nor'easter and all trouble.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. military will be moving ships from the Norfolk Naval Station region in Virginia out to sea to get out of the path of Hurricane Sandy.
The Navy says 24 of the larger ships in southeastern Virginia bases, including the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, are preparing to leave and will be moving out over the next day or so. The orders affect ships at Naval Station Norfolk and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in the Hamption Roads area.
Other ships will be secured at the base. Military installations along the Eastern Seaboard, including Andrews Air Force Base and Langley Air Force Base in Virginia and Naval Submarine Base New London in Connecticut were also prepared to move ships and aircraft if needed.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- The leader of Haiti is calling the post-Hurricane Sandy situation in his country "a disaster of major proportions." Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe says "The whole south is under water."
Jamaica, Cuba and the Bahamas also took direct hits from the storm, but the majority of deaths and the most extensive damage is in Haiti, where it has rained almost non-stop since Tuesday. The official death toll there stands at 44, with 12 people missing and rivers still rising.
With some 370,000 Haitians still living in flimsy shelters as a result of a devastating earthquake in 2010, emergency officials had to move nearly 18,000 people again to temporary shelters as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
In the Caribbean, officials say the hurricane has left at least 58 people dead in addition to destroying or badly damaging thousands of homes.

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