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What could be the biggest storm in 100 years in expected to make landfall in New Jersey late Monday night.

Hurricane Sandy could merge with a winter storm out of the west to become a new perfect storm, as bad as the deadly New England hurricane of 1938. It was called a Frankenstorm, though National Weather Service has refrained from this nickname due to the severity of its forecast.

Despite Sandy's record strength, damages may be relatively low (compared to the worst storms in history) at $1 billion, estimates Weather Underground's Jeff Masters.

New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and DC have all declared states of emergency in advance of Hurricane Sandy, with limited states of emergency elsewhere.

Around 10 million people could lose power, estimates Johns Hopkins engineer Seth Guikema.

New York City

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has ordered an evacuation of Zone A, which includes

Manhattan’s Battery Park City Coney Island and other Brooklyn beach communities The Rockaways in Queens Shore areas of Staten Island
The MTA is shutting down subway service starting Sunday at 7PM. The last buses will stop running at 9PM.

The city is canceling school on Monday.

US stock markets will be totally closed.

See a map of evacuation zones below. Here's a list of the city's emergency shelters.

Other closures

New Jersey transit: Service shutdown will be complete by 2AM

PATH: Will stop running at midnight

AMTRAK: Corridor service will be cancelled Monday.

Airports: The Port Authority expects all major airlines to cease flights by Sunday night.

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