Oct. 29 - Hurricane Sandy sent powerful waves crashing onto the boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Hurricane Sandy sent powerful waves crashing onto the boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland. Rough Cut (no reporter narration). Sandy, the monster storm bearing down on the U.S. East Coast, strengthened on Monday (Oct. 29) after hundreds of thousands moved to higher ground, public transport shut down and the U.S. stock market suffered its first weather-related closure in 27 years. About 50 million people from the Mid-Atlantic to Canada were in the path of the nearly 1,000-mile-wide (1,600-km-wide) storm, which forecasters said could be the largest to hit the mainland in U.S. history. It was expected to topple trees, damage buildings, cause power outages and trigger heavy flooding. The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Monday the Category 1 storm had strengthened as it turned toward the coast and was moving at 20 miles per hour (32 km per hour). It was expected to bring a "life-threatening storm surge," coastal hurricane winds and heavy snow in the Appalachian Mountains, the NHC said. Nine U.S. states have declared states of emergency, and with the U.S. election eight days away President Barack Obama canceled a campaign event in Florida on Monday in order to return to Washington and monitor the U.S. government's response to the storm. Sandy killed 66 people in the Caribbean last week before pounding U.S. coastal areas with rain and triggering snow falls at higher elevations as it moved north.