Sandy could bring ‘catastrophe,’ affect 60 million

Monday, October 29, 2012
By Paul Martin

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

(CNN) — Tens of millions of people braced Monday 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 said.

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

As of Monday afternoon, 116,000 customers were without power in seven states.

Officials across the Eastern Seaboard had implored residents over the weekend to evacuate, emphasizing that authorities could be endangered if they tried to save them. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie put it bluntly: “Don’t be stupid. Get out!”

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