NBC's Lester Holt reports from Norfolk, Va., where nearly 60 million people are on severe storm watch as Hurricane Sandy threatens more than 800 miles of the Eastern Seaboard from Maine to South Carolina.
By NBC News wire services
Updated at 9:15 a.m. ET -- Hurricane Sandy strengthened Monday as it bore down on the East Coast, shutting down public transportation and leading to the first weather-related closure of U.S. stock market in 27 years.
Forecasters say the massive storm has the potential to be one of the most damaging ever to hit the United States. Here is a look at the figures that make up the storm:
Number of people affected: expected to affect between 50 million and 60 million;
Number of deaths blamed on Sandy: 65 in the Caribbean.
Size of storm: Nearly 1,000 miles wide;
States impacted: Eight states and Washington, D.C. have declared states of emergency;
Speed of storm: 20 miles per hour as of 9 a.m. ET Monday;
Speed of winds: 85 mph. Tropical storm-force winds extended 485 miles from the center;
Number of flights canceled: Nearly 7,500;
Number of people told to evacuate: 375,000 in NYC; 50,000 in Delaware; 30,000 in Atlantic City, N.J.;
Number of customers without power: 14,000 from the Carolinas to Maine; that number could rise to as high as 60,000;
Heaviest rainfall: Up to 12 inches in isolated regions of Mid-Atlantic states;
Inches of snow: Up to 12 inches in some areas expected. In addition, up to three feet of snow expected in the Appalachian Mountains from West Virginia to Kentucky;
TODAY's Al Roker reports from Point Pleasant, N.J., where water is starting to come over the dunes as Hurricane Sandy strengthens. Due to the full moon, high tides are expected to add to the storm surge, which could rise to 11 feet.
Size of storm surge: 4 to 11 feet across much of the affected area;
Number of NYC students affected by Monday's school closure: 1.1 million;
Number of public transport riders without service Monday in NYC, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New Jersey: More than 10 million;
Miles of subway track closed in New York City alone: Nearly 660;
Gerry Broome / AP
After strong winds and heavy rain washed out bridges and damaged homes in multiple countries, the hurricane looks toward the northeastern U.S.
FEMA's estimate for potential wind damage alone: $2.5 to $3 billion;
Residential properties at risk of damage: Nearly 284,000, valued at $88 billion;
Number of Atlantic City casinos shut down: 12.
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.
Hurricane Sandy, by the numbers
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