Sandy gains strength as East Coast grinds to halt

Associated Press
This NOAA satellite image taken Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 shows Hurricane Sandy off the Mid Atlantic coastline moving toward the north with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. Tens of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate coastal areas Sunday as big cities and small towns across the U.S. Northeast braced for the onslaught of a superstorm threatening some 60 million people along the most heavily populated corridor in the nation. (AP Photo/Weather Underground)

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NEW YORK (AP) — Forecasters say Hurricane Sandy has picked up a little strength and is making a turn toward a projected landfall on or near the southern coast of New Jersey.

The National Hurricane Center said Monday morning the storm's top sustained winds had risen to near 90 mph (150 kph), with higher gusts.

The storm's center is about 260 miles (415 kilometers) south-southeast of New York City and expected to make landfall Monday evening or night along or just south of the southern New Jersey coast.

Sandy is on track to collide with a wintry storm moving in from the west and cold air streaming down from the Arctic. The combination superstorm could menace some 50 million people in the most heavily populated corridor in the nation, from the East Coast to the Great Lakes.

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