CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio is bracing for a superstorm threatening some 50 million people from the East Coast to the Great Lakes.
The National Weather Service warned people living in low-lying areas and along the Lake Erie shoreline to watch for flooding early in the week.
High wind warnings for gusts up to 65 mph have been posted across parts of Ohio, threatening utility lines and trees. Rain is forecast through mid-week.
Hurricane Sandy is headed north from the Caribbean toward the mid-Atlantic coast and a collision with a wintry storm moving from the west.
Electric utilities that make up the East Coast operating areas of Ohio-based FirstEnergy Corp. are preparing for the storm. Akron-based FirstEnergy, with six million customers in six states, asked customers to take all necessary precautions.