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People in Ocean City are bracing for Hurricane Sandy's torrential rains and hurling winds.

By: By WAYNE PARRY and ALLEN G. BREED, Associated Press

SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. (AP) -- Forget distinctions like tropical storm or hurricane.

Don't get fixated on a particular track. Wherever it hits, the behemoth storm plodding up the East Coast will afflict a third of the country with sheets of rain, high winds and heavy snow, say officials who warned millions in coastal areas to get out of the way. "We're looking at impact of greater than 50 to 60 million people," said Louis Uccellini, head of environmental prediction for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

As Hurricane Sandy trekked north from the Caribbean -- where it left nearly five dozen dead -- to meet two other powerful winter storms, experts said it didn't matter how strong the storm was when it hit land:

The rare hybrid storm that follows will cause havoc over 800 miles from the East Coast to the Great Lakes. ( FULL STORY )

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