Workers staff the state emergency operations center on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 in Waterbury, Vt. Vermont electric utilities are seeing the first scattered power outages as the state braces for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. Hurricane Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
Gallery: Hurricane Sandy heads for New Jersey
Oct. 29, 2012 @ 02:00 PM
A fast-strengthening Hurricane Sandy churned north Monday, raking ghost-town cities along the Northeast corridor with rain and wind gusts. The monster hurricane was expected to make a westward lurch and aim for New Jersey, blowing ashore Monday night and combining with two other weather systems — a wintry storm from the west and cold air rushing in from the Arctic — to create an epic superstorm.