Hurricane Sandy Could Paralyse Lives of Millions of People [PHOTOS]
Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast of the U.S. on Monday forcing transportation, business establishments, educational institutions and stock market to shut down and thousands of people escape to the higher grounds as more devastating storm is expected on Monday evening.
Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast of the U.S. on Monday forcing trasnportation, business establishments, educational institutions and stock market to shut down and thousands of people escape to the higher grounds as more devastating storm is expected on Monday evening.
Forcasters have warned that the monster storm could paralyse the lives of millions of people in over half-a-dozen states; and it is expected to cause heavy flood, damage buildings and power cuts.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said that the storm had strengthened and moving at 18 miles per hour (30 km per hour) as it turned toward the coast and could bring a "life-threatening storm surge".
Hurricane Sandy killed 66 people in the Caribbean last week.
President Barack Obama canceled election campaign in Florida on Monday to monitor government's response to the hurricane though the elections are round the corner.
"This is a serious and big storm," Reuters quoted Obama as saying on Sunday after a briefing at the federal government's storm response center in Washington. "We don't yet know where it's going to hit, where we're going to see the biggest impacts."
"There will undoubtedly be some deaths that are caused by the intensity of this storm, by the floods, by the tidal surge, by the waves. The more responsibly citizens act, the fewer people will die," Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley told reporters.
Several states in U.S. like Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia have declared a state of emergency.
While Sandy does not pack the punch of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in 2005, it could become more potent as it approaches the U.S. coast. Winds were at a maximum of 90 mph, the NHC said in its 11 a.m. (1500 GMT) report, up from 75 mph nine hours earlier. It said tropical storm-force winds reached as far as 485 miles from the center, Reported Reuters.
Officials have ordered people in coastal towns and low-lying areas to evacuate madatorily or stay back at their own risk. (With Inputs from Reuters)