East Coast watches storm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Forecasters say there's still quite a bit of uncertainty about the path that will be taken by Hurricane Sandy.

It's heading north after causing widespread damage in the Caribbean. Meanwhile, a wintry storm is chugging across the country from the west. And frigid air is streaming south from Canada.

Forecasters say they could meet around New Jersey or New York on Tuesday morning, creating a meteorological mess.

There could be heavy rain, high winds, flooding, tornados, coastal surges and possibly snow. Widespread power outages are possible. Utility companies are gearing up.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has activated the state's emergency crews to monitor Hurricane Sandy as it works its way north. Cuomo is asking New Yorkers to monitor their TVs and radios for weather alerts.

Sandy weakened overnight to a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds near 80 miles an hour. It's expected to remain a hurricane almost until it reaches the U.S. shoreline, probably early Tuesday.

Forecasters expect the East Coast to feel the effects starting Sunday and stretching past Wednesday.

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162-a-13-(Frank Pereira (pur-EHR'-uh), meteorologist, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"Atlantic, northeast states"-Meteorologist Frank Pereira says the combination of Hurricane Sandy and other systems could be powerful. (26 Oct 2012)

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163-a-11-(Frank Pereira (pur-EHR'-uh), meteorologist, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"be that interaction"-Meteorologist Frank Pereira says the forecast is still for a strong combination of Hurricane Sandy and other weather patterns to hit the Atlantic coast next week. (26 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO NY121: This NOAA satellite image taken Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, provided by the National Hurricane Center shows a Category 2 Hurricane Sandy moving northward across eastern Cuba. All the spare parts appear to be coming together to create what forecasters are calling "Frankenstorm," a monster combination of high wind, heavy rain, extreme tides and maybe snow that could cause havoc along the East Coast just before Halloween next week. (AP Photo/NOAA) (25 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO RPDC101: Home Depot workers Shaun Sika, left and Jose Maysonet load the last generator on the store's shelves into a customer's SUV in Glastonbury, Conn. on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. East Coast residents are preparing for a major storm expected to hit the region early next week. (AP Photo/Dave Collins) (25 Oct 2012)

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