Sandy could bring ‘catastrophe,’ impact 60 million

Monday, October 29, 2012
By Paul Martin

By Chelsea J. Carter and Josh Levs
CNN.com
Mon October 29, 2012

Tens of millions of people were hunkered down Monday morning, bracing for howling winds, torrential downpours and storm surges that authorities warned could bring devastation unlike anything they’ve seen.

Hurricane Sandy could affect as many as 60 million people.

“This is the most catastrophic event that we have faced and been able to plan for in any of our lifetimes,” Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy warned.

An expected storm surge at midnight could raise water levels to 11 feet above normal high tide, bringing “the potential to cause unprecedented damage.”

Some people in Delaware who had ignored mandatory evacuations needed to be taken to shelters overnight. Although Gov. Jack Markell, on Twitter, said the people were being “rescued from flooding,” the state government later told CNN that 24 people were brought to shelters and that the operations were not emergency rescues.

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