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.
President Obama urged Americans in Sandy's path Monday to "please listen" to local officials, and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, urged help for those affected by the superstorm. The two candidates also canceled campaign events Monday and Tuesday.
Hurricanes often weaken as they travel north across colder water and approach land. But Sandy hasn't. One reason is that it's expected to change from a tropical storm powered by warm ocean water to something more like a winter storm powered by temperature and pressure differences in the atmosphere.
Storms like Sandy send many of us responsible for feeding the family running to the grocery store in a panic, and then throwing out a lot of food. Here are some tips to minimize both of those things. What are yours?
Do not disregard the warnings, officials say. Sandy's rains are falling on the Mid-Atlantic and as the storm's winds follow there will be dangerous conditions from Virginia to the Northeast. From now into Wednesday, Sandy will be drenching areas where millions live.
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