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Mid-Atlantic Prepares for Week of Misery

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LEWES, Del. (AP) - With slow-moving Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the Delaware coast, residents of the mid-Atlantic are spending Sunday preparing for a miserable week.

The storm is threatening to bring as much as a foot of rain, winds of up to 80 mph and a wall of water 4 to 11 feet high.

In Delaware, Gov. Jack Markell ordered the evacuation of 50,000 coastal residents, a trip that became difficult for some when the main highway out of Bethany Beach was flooded by ocean water. Residents of Ocean City, Md., were also ordered to leave town.

Hugh Phillips and his wife, Martha, were among the first in line at the opening of a shelter in Lewes. He says he heeded an order to "get the heck out."

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