NY braces for Hurricane Sandy

  • Rain and wind from Hurricane Sandy have hit the northeast coast of the U.S., as forecasters warn New York could bear the brunt of what could be biggest storms to hit the country.

    On Monday, Sandy was on a collision course with two other weather systems, threatening up to 50 million people on the East Coast.

    Forecasters believe it could wreak havoc over 800 miles from the Atlantic coast to the Great Lakes.

    Sandy, a Category 1 hurricane, is currently around 380 miles southeast of New York City, with winds of about 85mph.

    It is expected to make its way inland tonight, hitting Atlantic City in New Jersey before crossing through Pennsylvania.

    New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has ordered the evacuation of 375,000 people in low-lying areas of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.

    Authorities have warned New York could get be hit with an 11ft wall of water that could flood parts of lower Manhattan, subway tunnels and affect the network of electrical and communications lines.

    U.S. President Barack Obama has vowed the government would "respond big and respond fast" after the storm hits.