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Is Sandy a ‘perfect storm’?

Millions of East Coast residents were braced for the worst as the monstrous Hurricane Sandy prepared to slam into the East Coast, packing 90 mph winds and a roiling ocean surge that could reach 17 feet at 6 p.m., when it is expected to make landfall in New Jersey.

The massive storm is all but certain to cause massive flooding, and more than 250,000 people were already without power from the outer rain and wind bands, according to emergency management officials in New York. Early Monday evening, New York shut the Tappan Zee Bridge, following earlier closings of the Holland and Brooklyn-Battery tunnels. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced other major bridge closings, including the Verrazano and George Washington bridges at 7 p.m., as the monster storm was poised to hit New York City.

The National Guard was deployed along the densely-populated Atlantic Coast, and airports shut down Monday afternoon as the massive system churned in from the sea, creating 30-foot swells off the Jersey shore. The hurricane is on a collision course with a winter storm and a cold front, and high tides from a full moon make it a rare hybrid storm that could be felt all the way to the Great Lakes. Still, it could be worse – the storm could be well inland when evening high tide comes, some six hours after landfall.

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