Eastern US braces for dangerous superstorm

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By ALLEN G. BREED and JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Forecasters say Hurricane Sandy is about 470 miles (756 kilometers) southeast of New York City and the center of the storm is expected to be near the mid-Atlantic coast on Monday night.

The National Hurricane Center said late Sunday night that the storm has top sustained winds of 75 mph (121 kph), with higher gusts. It is moving toward the northeast at 14 mph (23 kph). Hurricane-force winds extend up to 175 miles (284 kilometers) from the storm's center.

Sandy is on track to collide with a wintry storm moving in from the west and cold air streaming down from the Arctic.

Major metropolitan areas from Washington to Boston are bracing for what is expected to be a superstorm that could menace some 50 million people in the most heavily populated corridor in the nation.

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