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Parts of New Jersey, Maryland evacuated ahead of Sandy

Sunday, October 28, 2012 - 01:56

Oct. 28 - Americans have been warned to prepare for widespread power outages and severe flood as the East Coast braces for Hurricane Sandy to make landfall. Deborah Gembara reports.

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Along the East Coast of the U.S., they're bracing for Hurricane Sandy which is on track to make landfall on Monday. Don Hughes and others in Point Pleasant, New Jersey spent most of the day boarding up their homes. SOUNDBITE: Don Hughes, Point Pleasant, New Jersey resident , Saying: " I guess statistically they are saying it is going to hit pretty hard and...going to have a lot of water damage. That is definitely for sure. You can see how quickly it is coming up already and everybody is anticipating a lot of water." Parts of New Jersey, New York, and Ocean City Maryland have been ordered to evacuate ahead of a storm forecasters predict will deliver battering winds, dangerous flooding and even heavy snowfall. SOUNDBITE: Janise Mcafee, Nurse, Ocean City, Maryland resident saying: "I wanted to ride it out here on the beach but then when I found out there was a mandatory evacuation I have to leave the area where I am staying. I decided that, well, I don't have an option so I had to leave. I would love to just stay here." A voluntary evacuation is in place for residents in low lying areas. Jeff Loftus of Ocean Pines Maryland has a house says he's already had some flooding. SOUNDBITE: Jeff Loftus of Ocean Pines Maryland, "I just got another load of sandbags to put around the doors to keep the water out, I have got the generator ready to go and we are going to sit there and ride it out. No place else to go." The sheer size of the storm means its effects could be felt from the mid-Atlantic states to New England . And officials are warning Americans to be prepared for power outtages that could last for days.

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Parts of New Jersey, Maryland evacuated ahead of Sandy

Sunday, October 28, 2012 - 01:56