The storm is expected to cause dangerous flooding as it pushes a wall of water into shallow coastal bays and inlets along the East Coast. "It's like putting a fan on a plate full of water," one hurricane expert says.
While the rest of the federal government shut down Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court was open for business as usual — at least long enough to hear two cases argued. It is hardly the first time that the high court was the macho guy in town, staying open when the rest of the government was closed.
At a time when both presidential campaigns would typically be hitting all the swing states, some were off limits owing to Hurricane Sandy. Still, with only a week left before the election, the campaigns both had to find ways to continue their efforts while heeding Hurricane Katrina's lessons.
You don't need the threat of a menacing storm like Hurricane Sandy to get folks in line. Look around — we line up to dance and dine, to buy tickets and the newest iPhone, and for the opportunity to cast an early ballot.
Hurricane Sandy is already huge, powerful and deadly. Now meteorologists warn it's set to collide with cold air moving in from the arctic and a wintry storm blowing in from the west. NPR'S Joe Palca, Margot Adler and Joel Rose discuss the unusual series of events that helped create the "superstorm."
U.S. officials warn Hurricane Sandy may affect as many as 60 million Americans, with heavy rain, high winds, and dangerous flooding. Thousands of flights have been canceled, schools are closed and public transit systems in New York and Washington have been shut down.
The fearsome storm has shut down early voting in multiple states and disrupted the presidential candidates' campaign schedules. Sandy may wreak havoc as it claws up the East Coast, but voting experts say its impact may fizzle come Election Day.
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