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Hurricane Sandy bears down on US

Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50m people in the eastern third of the US, is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow

Hurricane Sandy bears down on US
Two women try to hold on to their umbrellas in a wind soaked rainfall as Hurricane Sandy approaches October 29, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter ordered that all city offices be closed Monday and Tuesday due to potential damage from Hurricane Sandy. Public transit will remain shut down as well. (Getty Images)
Hurricane Sandy bears down on US
People walk by downed branches as Hurricane Sandy begins to affect the area on October 29, 2012 in in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The storm, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening. (Getty Images)
Hurricane Sandy bears down on US
A man waits for the New York subway prior to the arrival of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in New York, United States. New York plans on shutting down the entire public transmit system starting at 7PM, Sunday night. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Getty Images)
Hurricane Sandy bears down on US
Waters from Hurricane Sandy start to flood Beach Ave. on October 29, 2012 in Cape May, New Jersey. Later today the full force of Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit the New Jersey coastline bringing heavy winds and floodwaters. (Getty Images)
Hurricane Sandy bears down on US
Fire fighters evaluate the scene of an apartment building which had the front wall collapse due to Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in New York, United States. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City will bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening (Getty Images)
Hurricane Sandy bears down on US
Part of a crane boom is seen hanging off a building under construction on West 57th Street on October 29, 2012 in Manhattan, New York City. The storm, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City will bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening. (Getty Images)
Hurricane Sandy bears down on US
A man watches the waves in New York Harbor from Battery Park during the arrival of Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in New York City. The core of Sandy's force is supposed to hit the New York area Monday night. (Getty Images)
Hurricane Sandy bears down on US
People walk by sand bags in front of a building in Times Square as Hurricane Sandy begins to affect the area on October 29, 2012 in New York City. The storm, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening. (Getty Images)
Hurricane Sandy bears down on US
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks to members of the media at Seward Park High School, which is doubling as an evacuation center, in preparation for Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in New York City Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Getty Images)
Hurricane Sandy bears down on US
People look out at the East River as Hurricane Sandy moves closer to the area on October 29, 2012 in New York City. The storm, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening. (Getty Images)