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Oct 27, 2012 11:36 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Emergencies declared, coastal residents warned as storm nears

UNDATED (AP) - Several governors along the East Coast are declaring states of emergency and urging their coastal residents to move inland ahead of a potentially huge storm formed by the merging of Hurricane Sandy with two wintry weather systems.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is ordering the evacuations of all Atlantic City casinos and the state's barrier islands by tomorrow afternoon. He's also closing state parks.

North Carolina Gov. Beverly Purdue has declared a state of emergency for some coastal areas. There's concern that a temporary bridge built after Hurricane Irene last year could be washed out again, cutting off Hatteras Island.

New York City is considering whether to shut down any of its public transportation, as it did during Irene.

Airlines are predicting cancellations and waiving change fees for passengers who want to reschedule.

Hurricane Sandy is expected to come ashore early Tuesday somewhere around Delaware.

An 800-mile wide swath of the country could be raked by strong winds, torrential rain and even snow in some areas from the combined mega-storm. Millions of people may experience prolonged power outages.

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