Sunday Afternoon Update: Hurricane Sandy: Power - Path - Preparations

New York (Ap) -- Forecasters Say Hurricane Sandy Is About 530 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 Afternoon That The Storm Has Winds Of 75 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.
Big Cities From Washington To Boston Are Buttoning Up In Advance Of What Is Expected To Be A Superstorm That Could Menace Some 50 Million People In The Most Heavily Populated Corridor In The Nation.

Washington (Ap) -- President Barack Obama Says The Storm Taking Aim At The East Coast Is "Serious And Big" And Will Be "Slow Moving."
As For The Potential Impact On Voting, Obama Says That "We Don't Anticipate That At This Point But We're Obviously Going To Have A Look."
Some States Have Begun Early Voting Ahead Of The Nov. 6 Election.
The President Made The Comments During A Visit Sunday To The Headquarters Of The Federal Emergency Management Agency To Get An Update On Plans For Responding To Hurricane Sandy.
The National Response Coordination Center In Washington Is Where Fema Is Managing The Deployment Of Federal Resources And Teams To States Along The East Coast Ahead Of The Storm.
The Head Of Fema Says "The Time For Preparing And Talking Is About Over." Craig Fugate (Fyoo'-Gayt) Says It's Now Time To Act, Before Hurricane Sandy Moves Ashore And Collides With Two Other Weather Systems, Potentially Threatening Some 50 Million People.

New York (Ap) -- New York City's Mass Transit System Is Being Shut Down, Schools Are Closing And Hundreds Of Thousands Of People Are Being Ordered To Flee Their Homes As A Superstorm Bears Down On The East Coast.
Officials Sunday Predicted The Storm Could Pack A Seawater Surge Of Anywhere From 6 To 11 Feet. That Might Swamp Parts Of Lower Manhattan, Flood Subway Tunnels And Knock Out Underground Power, Phone And High-Speed Internet Lines In America's Financial Capital.
The New York Stock Exchange Will Close Its Trading Floor, But Big Board Trading Will Continue Electronically. And Some Flood-Zone Residents Say They're Not Going Anywhere, Even Though Mayor Michael Bloomberg Is Urging Them To Go.
He Has Announced A Mandatory Evacuation Affecting About 375,000 People In Low-Lying Areas From The Rockaways To Battery Park City.

New York (Ap) -- The Statue Of Liberty Has Officially Reopened To The Public After A Renovation Project. The Public Will Just Have Wait Until A Massive Storm Has Passed To See It.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar And A Group Of U.S. Military Academy Cadets Were The First To Visit On Sunday. The Statue Had Been Closed For A Year To Undergo A $30 Million Interior Renovation Project. Visitors Had Been Restricted To The Grounds On Liberty Island During That Time.
The Renovation Included Replacing The Stairs To The Crown, As Well As Creating Wheelchair Access To One Of The Observation Decks At The Top Of The Pedestal.
But The Monument Will Be Closed Monday And Tuesday Because Of The Superstorm. It Is Expected To Reopen Wednesday.

Port-Au-Prince, Haiti (Ap) -- As Americans Brace For Hurricane Sandy, The Caribbean Is Still Suffering.
Officials Say Storm-Related Death Toll Has Risen To 65 As Of Early Sunday. Haitian Authorities Have Reported 51 Of Those Deaths. Continued Rains Have Added To The Initial Jolt Of The Hurricane.
The Country Is Especially Vulnerable Due To Its Ramshackle Housing And Flood-Prone Hillsides, As Well As The Fact 370,000 People Are Still Living In Emergency Shelters After A Catastrophic 2010 Earthquake.
Deaths Also Have Been Reported In Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico And The Bahamas.


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