Nine U.S. states have declared states of emergency as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the East Coast.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Monday the Category 1 storm had strengthened as it turned toward the coast and was moving at 20 mph. It was expected to bring a "life-threatening storm surge," coastal hurricane winds and heavy snow in the Appalachian Mountains, the NHC said.
Rough surf of the Atlantic Ocean breaks over the beach and across Beach Ave. in Cape May, N.J. on Monday morning, Oct. 29, 2012, as high tide and Hurricane Sandy begin to arrive.
A truck backs up hastily as rough surf of the Atlantic Ocean breaks over the beach and across Beach Ave. in Cape May, N.J.
Alix Brignol of New York takes a picture as water washes over the sea wall near high tide at Battery Park in New York on Monday as Hurricane Sandy approaches the East Coast.
Police and firefighters respond to a downed street light on FDR drive Monday in New York.
With only a security officer in the station, sandbags block the entry to the closed Staten Island Ferry in New York on Monday. All public transportation has been shut down as Hurricane Sandy approaches the East Coast.
Asha Suckenney, 6, runs from storm surge as winds from Hurricane Sandy reach Seaside Park in Bridgeport, Conn. on Monday.
Lamar Chambers watches waves as winds from Hurricane Sandy reach Seaside Park in Bridgeport, Conn. on Monday.