Northeastern states have ordered mandatory evacuations in coastal cities, closed schools and shut down public transportation systems as Hurricane Sandy approaches their coasts.
The hurricane, which killed at least 65 people in the Caribbean, is expected to make landfall along Delaware, New Jersey, and New York's coasts Monday, according to NBC news.
"The large size of the system is why it is so capable of producing a life threatening storm surge, with that threat being applicable to many areas," National Hurricane Center Director Rick Knabb told CNN on Sunday.
Although Sandy is centered more than 200 miles from the coast and will make landfall Monday, tides in some locations have risen several feet and gale force winds have been reported in the area as of Sunday night, reports CNN.
New York City mayor Bloomberg ordered 375,000 people from low-lying regions of New York have to evacuate as the concern over the storm's severity grows, reports NBC news.
Gov. Jack Markell has ordered a mandatory evacuation for 50,000 people living in coastal areas of Delaware, reports NBC news. New Jersey is also taking precautions and evacuated many of Atlantic City's beach resorts and casinos.
In addition to evacuations, New York also shut down its public transit system and many trains, subways and buses stop running Sunday evening, reports the New York Times.