Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Hurricane Sandy Pounds U.S. East Coast as It Marches towards Canada

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Hurricane Sandy Pounds U.S. East Coast as It Marches towards Canada

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Sandy pounds U.S. East Coast on way to Canada

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The U.S. East Coast came under an unrelenting assault from a historic, potentially calamitous hurricane that was gaining strength Monday as it lurched through America's most populous region, charting a course for the largest metropolitan areas in Canada.

Hurricane Sandy was wreaking havoc for as many as 50 million people throughout the American mid-Atlantic hours before the eye of the storm was expected to make landfall in New Jersey or Delaware.

The scenes of carnage provided a grim glimpse to Canadians in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes of what might loom ahead later this week.

Most of Atlantic City, the famous tourist hotspot on the New Jersey shore, was underwater by midday on Monday and a portion of its storied boardwalk was washed away.

Water gushed over seawalls in lower Manhattan. Authorities closed the Holland Tunnel, linking Manhattan and New Jersey, fearful it would fill with water.

In the city's mid-town, a wind-ravaged construction crane atop a skyscraper dangled 65 storeys over Carnegie Hall like a twig, forcing the evacuation of the area.

The New York Stock Exchange was shut down and was likely to remain closed on Tuesday. Subways and schools were closed throughout the region on Monday and Tuesday; more than 7,000 flights were grounded.

Just a week before the presidential election, thousands of Americans made their way inland, away from the perilous Atlantic coast, to seek shelter from the storm. Both U.S. President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney suspended their campaigns.

The U.S. Coast Guard was searching for two crew members of the HMS Bounty, a three-masted tall ship that appeared in two Hollywood movies, after the vessel sank in stormy waters off North Carolina. Fourteen were rescued.

In Delaware, the popular vacation destination of Rehoboth Beach was underwater and buildings were in ruins. The situation was similarly grim in Ocean City, Md., where the town's fishing pier had been destroyed and the streets were filling up with seawater.

Even the normally peaceful, burbling brooks of Rock Creek and Sligo Creek in D.C.'s Maryland suburbs were furious torrents of white water. …

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