Sandy Swamps Coastal Towns, Cuts Power To 700,000

Source: NBC News

Hurricane Sandy churned its destructive path toward the Northeast on Monday, flooding beach towns and tearing up beaches, piers and boardwalks ahead of its expected landfall in New Jersey.

About 700,000 homes and businesses had already lost power, while schools, offices, roads and transit systems shut down across an area of 50 million people. Hundreds of thousands had earlier sought shelter on higher ground.

“This is going to be a slow-moving process through a wide swath of the country, and millions are going to be affected,” President Barack Obama said Monday.

Estimated landfall was moved up to within the next hour along southern New Jersey or central Delaware after Sandy, which had been moving toward the coast at 18 mph, sped to 28 mph.

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