Superstorm 2012: 50 Million People in Path of Hurricane Sandy

Eastern seaboard bracing for storm as Sandy makes its way up the coast.
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He's a storm that has been billed as a once in a generation and we are looking at a picture of Point Pleasant New Jersey where the entire eastern seaboard. Is on alert bracing for hurricane sandy as it makes its way up from North Carolina. Up the East Coast there this storm considered a super storm is a combination of winter time jet -- warm tropical air along with the hurricane. And directly in its -- fifty million people taking a look at a shot from NASA you can see the intensity this size of this storm. It is 2000 miles wide sustained winds at this hour. Ninety miles an hour it is a category one but it is a very strong category one bordering in fact. On a category two that threshold at 96 miles an hour. Again a historic storm -- Dan Cutler in New York let's go to the TJ Winick who was at Cape May, New Jersey for the latest on the day. Weather here southern tip of New Jersey -- -- 150 miles north in New York City. We could be seeing the water wise anywhere from six to eleven feet and it is expected to have a devastating impact. On the East Coast. Forecasters predict this could be the worst storm in two generations this or -- sandy is strengthening and heading due north. With fifty million people in its -- The -- is expected to make landfall late Monday night in Atlantic City, New Jersey will impact communities hundreds of miles away. This is the most catastrophic. Event that we have faced. There will be people who die and are killed in this storm. The real fear is -- storm surge fueled by high winds and a full -- We're talking the ocean -- coming -- here causing us a massive flooding. Already -- spectacle early Monday here in Cape May. Angry Atlantic is the real fear for locals like Tom O'Hara commitment to go -- When an air. Seen in satellite imagery the ominous system has grown to almost a thousand miles -- -- The federal government in DC it's already been shut down. This morning the worked -- transit system in the country is not running. Threats of massive flooding closed hundreds of miles of New York's subways trains and -- through at least Tuesday morning affecting some nine million commuters. Do not underestimate. This storm. These forecasts. For the surge. -- really extraordinary. Philadelphia Washington -- new Jersey's transit systems all suspended. So with Amtrak and nearly 7000 flights from North Carolina to Boston. Cancel that's not airline's fault you can't control the -- -- now. Just go with the flow. Offshore these impressive waves have been measured at over twenty feet the real concern here on the Jersey Shore is the next high tide. Scheduled for just after 7:30 this evening reporting live in Cape May, New Jersey TJ Winick ABC news.

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