Rain chances possible starting middle of next week

Sandy headed to New Jersey coastline

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Hurricane Sandy is headed to one of the most populated regions in the U.S.

Hundreds of thousands of people are leaving their homes ahead of the killer storm Monday morning.

Flights to the northeast out of Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City are canceled.

Sandy is already battering cities along the east coast with heavy rain, strong winds and pounding surf.

Homes and businesses are boarded up and residents have stocked up on food and water.

Early Monday Sandy started to make the turn toward the U.S. putting it on course for landfall late Monday or early Tuesday along the New Jersey shore.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has already declared a state of emergency.

In New York, the stock exchange suspended trading for Monday, Broadway shows have gone dark and the subway system has stopped running.

The nation's Capitol is empty of government workers.

Thousands of National Guard troops have been called up to help local authorities with the response.