WASHINGTON — The U.S. East Coast braced on Sunday for the fury of hurricane Sandy as the monster storm churned ominously toward the most populous region of the country, threatening massive flooding, mighty winds and widespread power outages for 60 million Americans.
“This is certainly the biggest thing I’ve covered in my career,” Jim Cantore, a metereologist at The Weather Channel who covered 2005’s devastating hurricane Katrina, told viewers hours before the storm was set to make landfall.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Sunday ordered public schools closed on Monday and said that areas of the city from City Island to Coney Island to Battery Park City were under mandatory evacuation because of approaching Hurricane Sandy.
Bloomberg said during a press conference that the mandatory evacuation applies to people in Zone A, which covers coastal areas.
U.S. President Barack Obama visited the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management…
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