SLIDESHOW: Hurricane Sandy batters US east coast

The superstorm was expected to make landfall somewhere between Virginia and Massachusetts early Tuesday, possibly causing chaos during the frenzied last days of campaigning before the November 6 US presidential vote. As it churned in a northeasterly direction, the massive weather system was at category one strength, the lowest-level hurricane on the five-tiered Saffir-Simpson scale, with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles (120 kilometers) per hour, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. The center said that while little change in strength was anticipated for Sandy, which was now located 260 miles (420 kilometers) south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, it was "expected to remain a large and powerful until it crosses the coastline." - AFP



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