Eastern U.S. braces for Hurricane Sandy

Red Cross officials urge Canadians to prepare for coming storm

"The mayor of New York City ordered the mandatory evacuation of hundreds of thousands of residents as Hurricane Sandy roars towards the east coast of the U.S. and parts of Canada, bringing punishing winds, heavy rainfall and storm surges. At a press conference Sunday, Michael Bloomberg said some 375,000 people in a number of coastal areas including Coney Island, lower Manhattan and parts of the borough of Queens would need to leave their homes. He said those affected would have to stay with family and friends outside of the evacuation area or at one of the 72 shelters the city has set up.

Forecasters said that because of giant waves and high tides made worse by a full moon, the metropolitan area of about 20 million people, could get hit with a 3.4-meter wall of water."

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