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Sandy speeds up, headed for evening landing in NJ

Allen g. Breed, Associated Press

The dinning area of a small restaurant, The Cove, is threatened by the rough Atlantic Ocean Monday Oct. 29, 2012, in Cape May, N.J. Hurricane Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Forecasters say Hurricane Sandy is speeding up and should make landfall early Monday evening in southern New Jersey.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm's top sustained winds were holding at near 90 mph (150 kph), with higher gusts.

The storm's center was about 110 miles (180 kilometers) southeast of Atlantic City, N.J., and headed northwest at 28 miles per hour ((44 kph).

Sandy is on track to collide with a wintry storm moving in from the west and cold air streaming down from the Arctic. The combination superstorm could menace some 50 million people in the most heavily populated corridor in the nation, from the East Coast to the Great Lakes.