Monster Hurricane Sandy made landfall along the South Jersey coast, as forecasters had predicted, on Monday evening with gale-force winds of 90 miles per hour and bringing with it the promise of "historic" damage that could lead to scores of unprepared Americans "fighting in the streets" for basic goods like food, gasoline and fresh water, local residents are warning.
As the so-called perfect storm slams the upper Northeast United States, the National Weather Service issued a dire warning: "Sandy expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and coastal hurricane winds plus heavy Appalachian snows."
CBS 3 meteorologist Katie Fehlinger in Philadelphia - which is expected to get hit with heavy rains - tweeted, "This storm is HISTORIC!"
Louis Uccellini of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, said of Sandy, "This is the worst-case scenario."
Meanwhile, further south in Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley cautioned, "The days ahead are going to be very difficult. There will be people who die and are killed in this storm."
He's not the only one who thinks people are going to die, albeit, perhaps, for different reasons.
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