Mother Nature bears down on Mid-Atlantic

Hurricane Sandy has people scrambling to prepare for a series of events that has the potential to create a devastating mix that could affect the lives of 50 million people from the East Coast to the Great Lakes, forecasters say.

A technician with the Battery Conservancy removes below-ground fountain operation equipment near the water's edge at Battery Park in New York. Areas in the Northeast are preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy and a possible flooding storm surge. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

A technician with the Battery Conservancy removes below-ground fountain operation equipment near the water's edge at Battery Park in New York. Areas in the Northeast are preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy and a possible flooding storm surge. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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