Superstorm Sandy Crashes Ashore in New Jersey

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Sandy Arrives at the Jersey Shore

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has ordered road closures for all state highways today, according to ABC News' New York station WABC. The closures will be implemented in two phases. Trucks will be prohibited from operating on limited access highways at 11 a.m. and state highways will be closed to all non-emergency vehicles at 1 p.m.

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Tens of thousands of people in coastal areas have been ordered to evacuate their homes before Hurricane Sandy pounds the eastern third of the United States.

States of emergency were declared from North Carolina to Connecticut.

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency as rain and snow fell on the state, with snowfall expected to exceed two feet.

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Sandy will meet up with cold front coming from the northwest and a high pressure system from Greenland, fueling it with enough energy to make it more powerful than Hurricane Grace, the so-called "Perfect Storm" in 1991, meteorologists say.

"The size of the storm is going to carve a pretty large swath of bad weather," Rick Knabb, director of the National Hurricane Center, said. "This is not just a coastal event."

ABC News' Alyssa Newcomb, Russell Goldman, Sydney Lupkin, Genevieve Shaw Brown and Serena Marshall contributed to this report

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