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Monster hurricane Sandy leaves death in its wake as New York and US east coast braces for impact

People make their way up a flooded Guy Lomardo Avenue as high tide and winds from Hurricane Sandy combine to flood the area on October 29, 2012 in Freeport, New York.
People make their way up a flooded Guy Lomardo Avenue as high tide and winds from Hurricane Sandy combine to flood the area on October 29, 2012 in Freeport, New York.
Waters from Hurricane Sandy start to flood Beach Ave. on October 29, 2012 in Cape May, New Jersey.
CAPE MAY, NJ - OCTOBER 29: The Cape May Lighthouse can be seen as heavy surf from Hurricane Sandy pounds the shoreline on October 29, 2012 in Cape May, New Jersey. Later today the full force of Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit the New Jersey coastline bringing heavy winds and floodwaters. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
CAPE MAY, NJ - OCTOBER 29: People walk across Beach Ave. as flood waters from Hurricane Sandy rush in on October 29, 2012 in Cape May, New Jersey. Later today the full force of Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit the New Jersey coastline bringing heavy winds and floodwaters. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 29: A worker walks past sea foam partially covering the deck of a structure ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris ChristieÄôs emergency declaration is shutting down the cityÄôs casinos and 30,000 residents were ordered to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 29: Flood waters begin to flood a street near the ocean ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris ChristieÄôs emergency declaration is shutting down the cityÄôs casinos and 30,000 residents were ordered to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 29: A car sits in a flooded street near the ocean ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris ChristieÄôs emergency declaration is shutting down the cityÄôs casinos and 30,000 residents were ordered to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: A woman takes pictures on the Rockaway Beach Boulevard ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in the Queens borough of New York City. The storm, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City's bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: A man sits on a railing at Rockaway Beach Boulevard ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in the Queens borough of New York City. The storm, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City's bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 29: Flooding begins to inundate a parking garage ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris ChristieÄôs emergency declaration is shutting down the cityÄôs casinos and 30,000 residents were ordered to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 29: Flood waters inundate a street near the ocean ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris ChristieÄôs emergency declaration is shutting down the cityÄôs casinos and 30,000 residents were ordered to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 29: A car sits in a flooded street near the ocean ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris ChristieÄôs emergency declaration is shutting down the cityÄôs casinos and 30,000 residents were ordered to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images
CAPE MAY, NJ - OCTOBER 29: Andy Becica walks off the beach as heavy surf from from Hurricane Sandy washes in, on October 29, 2012 in Cape May, New Jersey. Later today the full force of Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit the New Jersey coastline bringing heavy winds and floodwaters. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
This NOAA satellite image taken Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 at 1:45 a.m. EDT shows Hurricane Sandy turning to the to the north well east of Cape Hatteras, N.C.
AT SEA - OCTOBER 28: In this handout GOES satellite image provided by NASA, Hurricane Sandy, pictured at 16:00 UTC, churns off the East Coast as it moves north on October 28, 2012 in the Atlantic Ocean. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: A man walks on the beach ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris ChristieÄôs emergency declaration is shutting down the cityÄôs casinos and 30,000 residents are being told to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: A seagull flies over breaking waves ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris ChristieÄôs emergency declaration is shutting down the cityÄôs casinos and 30,000 residents are being told to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
LONG BEACH, NY - OCTOBER 28: Only a few bread items remain on the shelves at the Waldbaums grocery store as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in Long Beach, New York. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-atlantic region. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
FAIRFIELD, NY - OCTOBER 28: Windsurfers take advantage of the weather as the first signs of Hurricane Sandy approach on October 28, 2012 in Fairfield, Connecticut. The storm, which could affect tens of millions of people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow in parts of Ohio and West Virginia. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York City will close its bus, subway and commuter rail service Sunday evening ahead of the storm. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
AT SEA - OCTOBER 28: In this handout acquired by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite provided by NASA, Hurricane Sandy, pictured at 06:42 UTC, churns off the east coast as it moves north on October 28, 2012 in the Atlantic Ocean. The storm was captured by a special "day-night band," which detects light in a range of wavelengths from green to near-infrared and uses filtering techniques to observe dim signals such as auroras, airglow, gas flares, city lights, and reflected moonlight. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: People wait to be evacuated by bus from the Atlantic City Convention Center ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris ChristieÄôs emergency declaration is shutting down the cityÄôs casinos and 30,000 residents are being told to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: People wait to be evacuated by bus from the Atlantic City Convention Center ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris ChristieÄôs emergency declaration is shutting down the cityÄôs casinos and 30,000 residents are being told to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: People wait to be evacuated by bus from the Atlantic City Convention Center ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris ChristieÄôs emergency declaration is shutting down the cityÄôs casinos and 30,000 residents are being told to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
LONG BEACH, NY - OCTOBER 28: A man surfs as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in Long Beach, New York. The storm, which could affect tens of millions of people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow in parts of Ohio and West Virginia. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York City will close its bus, subway and commuter rail service Sunday evening ahead of the storm. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: In this handout provided by the NYC Mayor's Office, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (L) updates residents on preparations during a press conference prior to the arrival of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in New York City. Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation on low-lying coastal areas of the city. The MTA has announced that at 7:00 PM EST they plan an orderly shutdown and suspension of all subway, bus and commuter railroad service in reponse to the storm. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by NYC Mayors Office via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: A man boards up his business as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation on low-lying coastal areas of the city. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: People secure the power line to a home as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation on low-lying coastal areas of the city. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: A New York City police officer speaks to a woman as he goes door to door in a housing project to take note of which residents are ignoring the mandatory evacuation order as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation on low-lying coastal areas of the city. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: A New York City police officer goes door to door in a housing project to take note of which residents are ignoring the mandatory evacuation order as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation on low-lying coastal areas of the city. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
CAPE MAY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: People stand on the beach watching the heavy surf caused by the approaching Hurricane Sandy, on October 28, 2012 in Cape May, New Jersey. Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit the New Jersey coastline sometime on Monday bringing heavy winds and floodwaters. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
LONG BEACH, NY - OCTOBER 28: People sit along the Long Beach boardwalk as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in Long Beach, New York. Sandy,which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-atlantic region. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
LONG BEACH, NY - OCTOBER 28: TV crews set up along the Long Beach boardwalk as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in Long Beach, New York. Sandy,which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-atlantic region. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: A woman walks through the New York subway prior to the arrival of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in New York City. New York plans on shutting down the entire public transmit system starting at 7PM, Sunday night. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: Cots are seen at Seward Park High School, which is doubling as an evacuation center, in preparation for Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in New York City. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks to members of the media at Seward Park High School, which is doubling as an evacuation center, in preparation for Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in New York City Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Mark Palazzolo, owner of a bait and tackle shop on the Manasquan Inlet in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., sits next to wood he has used to board up his business in previous major storms, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. Of Hurricane Sandy, he said, "I think this is going to do us in." (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
President Barack Obama, center, speaks during a briefing at Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters, with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, at right, in Washington, on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. FEMA is coordinating the deployment of federal resources in preparation for Hurricane Sandy. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
AT SEA - OCTOBER 28: In this handout satellite image provided by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hurricane Sandy, pictured at 00:15 UTC, churns off the east coast on October 28, 2012 in the Atlantic Ocean. Sandy which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-atlantic region. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: Sand blows on the beach ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris ChristieÄôs emergency declaration is shutting down the cityÄôs casinos and 30,000 residents are being told to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: Waves break ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris ChristieÄôs emergency declaration is shutting down the cityÄôs casinos and 30,000 residents are being told to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: Waves break on the beach ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris ChristieÄôs emergency declaration is shutting down the cityÄôs casinos and 30,000 residents are being told to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: Rain falls on a nearly deserted road ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris ChristieÄôs emergency declaration is shutting down the cityÄôs casinos and 30,000 residents are being told to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: A man is helped off a bus while arriving at Seward Park High School, which is doubling as an evacuation center for Hurricane Sandy, on October 28, 2012 in New York City. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: Mary McSweeney, who is staying at the evacuation center stationed inside Seward Park High School, has a cigarette prior to the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, on October 28, 2012 in New York City. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: Mark Clemente and Mary McSweeney kiss before going back inside Seward Park High School, which is doubling as a hurricane evacuation center, prior to the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, on October 28, 2012 in New York City. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: Mark Clemente, who is staying at the evacuation center stationed inside Seward Park High School, has a cigarette prior to the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, on October 28, 2012 in New York City. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: A woman arrives at Seward Park High School, which is doubling as an evacuation center for Hurricane Sandy, on October 28, 2012 in New York City. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: A woman and child leave Seward Park High School, which is doubling as an evacuation center for Hurricane Sandy, on October 28, 2012 in New York City. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: A man is helped up the stairs at Seward Park High School, which is doubling as an evacuation center for Hurricane Sandy, on October 28, 2012 in New York City. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: A man arrives at Seward Park High School, which is doubling as an evacuation center for Hurricane Sandy, on October 28, 2012 in New York City. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: A sign announcing the temporary closure of the New York subway system, due to Hurricane Sandy, is seen in the subway prior to the arrival of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in New York City. New York plans on shutting down the entire public transmit system starting at 7PM, Sunday night. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: A sign announcing the temporary closure of the New York subway system, due to Hurricane Sandy, is seen in the subway prior to the arrival of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in New York City. New York plans on shutting down the entire public transmit system starting at 7PM, Sunday night. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
LONG BEACH, NY - OCTOBER 28: Long Beach police patrol the boardwalk as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in Long Beach, New York. Sandy,which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-atlantic region. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
LONG BEACH, NY - OCTOBER 28: Long Beach police patrol the boardwalk as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in Long Beach, New York. Sandy,which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-atlantic region. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
HICKSVILLE, NY - OCTOBER 28: With Hurricane Sandy approaching, the Long Island Railroad announced the suspension of their service at 7pm on Sunday night, October 28, 2012 in Hicksville, New York. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: New York City police officers speak with a woman as they go door to door in a housing project to take note of which residents are ignoring the mandatory evacuation order as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation on low-lying coastal areas of the city. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: New York City police officers go door to door in a housing project to take note of which residents are ignoring the mandatory evacuation order as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation on low-lying coastal areas of the city. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: New York City police officers go door to door in a housing project to take note of which residents are ignoring the mandatory evacuation order as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation on low-lying coastal areas of the city. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: New York City police officers go door to door in a housing project to take note of which residents are ignoring the mandatory evacuation order as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation on low-lying coastal areas of the city. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: New York City police officers go door to door in a housing project to take note of which residents are ignoring the mandatory evacuation order as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation on low-lying coastal areas of the city. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: New York City police officers speak to a man as they go door to door in a housing project to take note of which residents are ignoring the mandatory evacuation order as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation on low-lying coastal areas of the city. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: New York City police officers go door to door in a housing project to take note of which residents are ignoring the mandatory evacuation order as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation on low-lying coastal areas of the city. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: New York City police officers speak with women as they go door to door in a housing project to take note of which residents are ignoring the mandatory evacuation order as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation on low-lying coastal areas of the city. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: A New York City police officer speaks to a man as he goes door to door in a housing project to take note of which residents are ignoring the mandatory evacuation order as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation on low-lying coastal areas of the city. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks to members of the media at Seward Park High School, which is doubling as an evacuation center, in preparation for Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in New York City Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks to members of the media at Seward Park High School, which is doubling as an evacuation center, in preparation for Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in New York City Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: A man walks on the boardwalk ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris ChristieÄôs emergency declaration is shutting down the cityÄôs casinos and 30,000 residents are being told to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: A man walks past boarded up structures on the boardwalk ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris ChristieÄôs emergency declaration is shutting down the cityÄôs casinos and 30,000 residents are being told to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: A man walks on the boardwalk ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris ChristieÄôs emergency declaration is shutting down the cityÄôs casinos and 30,000 residents are being told to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
LONG BEACH, NY - OCTOBER 28: A man surfs as Hurrican Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in Long Beach, New York. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and flooding to the mid-atlantic region. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
OCEAN CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: Ed Wicks secures plywood over the windows of a hair salon to protect from the high winds of approaching Hurricane Sandy, on October 28, 2012 in Ocean City, New Jersey. New Jersey is expected to be hit hard by approaching storm sometime on Monday, bringing heavy winds and floodwaters. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: Bridget Donnelly walks on a sandbag wall outside her home as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation on low-lying coastal areas of the city. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 28: (AFP-OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement after a briefing on Hurricane Sandy at FEMA Headquarters on October 28, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 28: (AFP-OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement after a briefing on Hurricane Sandy at FEMA Headquarters on October 28, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: People board up their business as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation on low-lying coastal areas of the city. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: People secure the power line to a home as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation on low-lying coastal areas of the city. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 28: (AFP-OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement after a briefing on Hurricane Sandy at FEMA Headquarters on October 28, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 28: (AFP-OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama talks to workers after a briefing on Hurricane Sandy at FEMA Headquarters on October 28, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 28: (AFP-OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama talks to workers after a briefing on Hurricane Sandy at FEMA Headquarters on October 28, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 28: (AFP-OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama listens to a briefing on Hurricane Sandy at FEMA Headquarters on October 28, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images)
WILDWOOD, NJ - OCTOBER 28: Workers secure a store front to help minimize wind damage from approaching hurricane Sandy, on October 28, 2012 in Wildwood, New Jersey. Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit the New Jersey coastline sometime on Monday bringing heavy winds and floodwaters. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
CAPE MAY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: A loader surfer takes advantage of the heavy surf caused by the approaching hurricane Sandy, on October 28, 2012 in Cape May, New Jersey. Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit the New Jersey coastline sometime on Monday bringing heavy winds and floodwaters. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Two people from a tall ship caught in Hurricane Sandy are missing after the crew was forced to abandon it amid fierce winds and high seas.

US Coast Guard helicopters rescued 14 others from lifeboats launched after HMS Bounty ran into trouble off North Carolina.

The search is continuing for the remaining two. The director of the HMS Bounty Organisation, Tracie Simonin, said the ship left Connecticut last week for Florida. She said the crew had been in constant contact with the National Hurricane Centre and tried to go around the storm.

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The ship is a replica of the one made famous in the 1960 film "Mutiny on the Bounty," and it was used in that film. It was also used in the film "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest."

Sandy has already claimed more than 50 lives in the Caribbean

More than 50 million Americans in the path of Hurricane Sandy were today waiting and hoping as the storm bore down on the East Coast's largest cities.

It forced the closure of financial markets and public transport, sending coastal residents fleeing inland for safety.

Sandy strengthened before dawn and stayed on a predicted path toward New York, Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia - putting it on a collision course with two other weather systems that would create a superstorm with the potential for havoc over 800 miles from the East Coast to the Great Lakes. Up to three feet of snow was forecast for mountainous parts of West Virginia.

Airports closed, and authorities warned that the time for evacuation was running out or already gone. Many workers planned to stay home as subways, buses and trains shut down across the region under the threat of flooding that could inundate tracks and tunnels. Widespread power failures were anticipated.

The centre of the storm was positioned to come ashore early tomorrow morning European time in New Jersey, meaning the worst of the surge could be in the northern part of that state and in New York and on Long Island. Higher tides brought by a full moon compounded the threat to the metropolitan area of about 20 million people.



As rain from the leading edges began to fall over the north-east on Sunday, hundreds of thousands of people from Maryland to Connecticut were ordered to leave low-lying coastal areas.

President Barack Obama declared emergencies in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, authorising federal relief work to begin well ahead of time. He promised the government would "respond big and respond fast" after the storm hits.

He cancelled a campaign appearance in Florida to stay in Washington and monitor the storm, with Election Day just a week away.

Authorities warned that New York could get hit with a surge of seawater that could swamp parts of lower Manhattan, flood subway tunnels and cripple the network of electrical and communications lines that are vital to the nation's financial centre.

Major US financial markets, including the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq and CME Group in Chicago, planned a rare shutdown the United Nations also closed.

New York shut all train, bus and subway services. More than five million passenger a day depend on the transit system.

"If you don't evacuate, you are not only endangering your life, you are also endangering the lives of the first responders who are going in to rescue you," mayor Michael Bloomberg warned. "This is a serious and dangerous storm."

Sandy, a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 85 mph was blamed for 65 deaths in the Caribbean before it began travelling northward.

It was expected to hook inland, colliding with a wintry storm moving in from the west and cold air streaming down from the Arctic, and then cut across into Pennsylvania and travel up through New York state.

Airlines cancelled nearly 7,500 flights and Amtrak began suspending train service across the north-east.

About 90 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, 17 people abandoned a replica of the tall ship made famous in the film "Mutiny on the Bounty" after the vessel began taking on water.

The Coast Guard was trying to decide whether to use ships or helicopters to rescue the crew, who were in two lifeboats and were wearing survival suits and life jackets.

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