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.

Senior hurricane specialist Stacy Stewart plots NOAA and Air Force aircraft fixes at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. Hurricane Sandy is heading north from the Caribbean, where it left nearly five dozen dead, to meet a winter storm and a cold front, plus high tides from a full moon, and experts said the rare hybrid storm that results will cause havoc over 800 miles from the East Coast to the Great Lakes. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Senior hurricane specialist Stacy Stewart plots NOAA and Air Force aircraft fixes at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. Hurricane Sandy is heading north from the Caribbean, where it left nearly five dozen dead, to meet a winter storm and a cold front, plus high tides from a full moon, and experts said the rare hybrid storm that results will cause havoc over 800 miles from the East Coast to the Great Lakes. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

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