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Hurricane Sandy Barrels Northward, May Hit New Jersey

Hurricane Sandy pounded toward land with “life-threatening” wind and waves, grounding almost 6,000 flights, forcing a halt to New York City area transit and prompting evacuations.

The system, which killed as many as 65 people in the Caribbean on its path north, may be powerful enough to cause $18 billion in damage when it barrels into New Jersey tomorrow and might knock out power to millions for a week or more, according to forecasters and risk experts.