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UPDATE: Obama says he's confident in storm preparations

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- President Barack Obama says he's confident that state and federal governments have done all they can to prepare for the superstorm barreling up the East Coast.

The President says the slow-moving storm will affect millions of people, and he is urging Americans to heed warnings.

Obama spoke from the White House briefing room. He says the key is to make sure the public is following instructions to take precautions.

A week before Election Day, he says he's not worried about the impact of the storm on his re-election chances. And he says that the No. 1 priority is to make sure lives are saved.

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NEW YORK (WKOW) -- Forecasters say Hurricane Sandy is about 310 miles southeast of New York City, and the center of the storm is expected to be near the mid-Atlantic coast Monday night.

The National Hurricane Center says the storm has top sustained winds of 85 mph, with higher gusts. It is moving toward the north-northwest at 20 mph. Hurricane-force winds extend up to 175 miles from the storm's center.

Sandy is on track to collide with a wintry storm moving in from the west and cold air streaming down from the Arctic.

Major metropolitan areas from Washington to Boston are bracing for what is expected to be a superstorm that could menace some 50 million people in the most heavily populated corridor in the nation.

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EAST COAST (WKOW) -- People on the East Coast prepare for what forecasters predict could be the worst storm in two generations. Hurricane Sandy is now a 900-mile megastorm, putting 50 million people at risk.

The eye of Sandy looks like it will make landfall late Monday night near Atlantic City, New Jersey. It will bring with it life-threatening storm surges, forceful winds and rain that will cripple transportation and leave millions without power. Powerful winds and high seas have already been seen Sunday night.

Several systems are combining to create the superstorm that will stretch from North Carolina to New England and as far west as the Great Lakes. Sandy will meet with a cold front coming from the northwest and a high pressure system from Greenland. It'll have enough energy to make it more powerful than the so-called "Perfect Storm" in 1991, meteorologists say.

Tens of thousands of people in coastal areas have been ordered to evacuate their homes. States of emergency were declared from North Carolina to Connecticut. FEMA administrator Craig Fugate urged people in Sandy's path to take the storm seriously and evacuate if they were told to. "The time for preparing and talking is about over. People need to be acting now," Fugate said.
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