NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City is closing schools and ordering some residents in low-lying areas to leave ahead of the massive storm approaching the eastern third of the U.S.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Sunday that closed the 1.1 million-student New York City school system will be closed Monday. The closing follows the suspension of the city's transit system.
He also ordered the evacuation of part of lower Manhattan and the Rockaways, a low-lying area of Queens.
Rainfall is expected to start late Sunday or early Monday in New York. Hurricane Sandy is headed north from the Caribbean to meet a winter storm and a cold front. Experts say the rare hybrid storm that results will cause havoc over 800 miles from the East Coast to the Great Lakes.
By Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press
NAGS HEAD, N.C. (AP) -- Convenience stores, breakfast restaurants and gas stations on North Carolina's Outer Banks are open for business as usual as Hurricane Sandy roars offshore.
The worst of the storm is expected to be felt later Sunday.
There was scattered flooding on the barrier island beach road in Nags Head. Rain fell, but gusty winds were barely half the 75 mph sustained winds reported near the center of Sandy still hundreds of miles away.
Forecasters warned that winds would pick up along the Outer Banks during the day, with the brunt of it expected overnight and early Monday. Some areas of southern Hatteras Island were already experiencing flooding.
Winds shifting from the east to the northwest later Sunday could cause flooding of 3 to 5 feet on waterfront property facing the sounds.
By Wayne Parry and Allen G. Breed, Associated Press
SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. (AP) -- Residents up and down the East Coast are being urged to move inland ahead of a potentially huge storm formed by the merging of Hurricane Sandy with two wintry weather systems.
Sandy was plodding up the coast early Sunday, bringing steady rains whipped by gusting winds to North Carolina. It's expected to come ashore late Monday or early Tuesday in the mid-Atlantic.
But forecasters say that wherever the storm hits, it will likely bring sheets of rain, high winds and heavy snow a third of the country.
Amtrak has begun canceling train service to parts of the East Coast. Airlines are adding Sunday flights out of New York City and Washington in preparation for Monday flight cancellations. New York's governor is considering shutting down the city's subways to avoid flooding. And half a dozen states warned residents to prepare for several days of lost power.