Key developments as mega-storm approaches US

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Oct 29 2012 12:21 PM | Updated as of Oct 29 2012 08:21 PM

WASHINGTON - Here are the key developments as the US East Coast braces for the potentially devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy:

-- Sandy takes aim for the Eastern Seaboard after claiming 66 lives in the Caribbean

-- President Barack Obama urges Americans to take the storm "very seriously"

-- Hundreds of thousands ordered evacuated from coastal areas in New York, New Jersey and Delaware

-- Forecasters warn of "life-threatening" storm surges of six to 11 feet (1.8 to 3.3 meters) in waters around New York City and northern New Jersey

-- States of emergency declared in seven states, plus the US capital

-- Public schools closed Monday in seven states, for two million children

-- Airlines cancel more than 5,000 flights Sunday through Monday

-- New York City, Philadelphia and New Jersey shut down trains, subways and buses

-- Amtrak cancels service in the northeast corridor from Sunday night

-- Government gives non-emergency federal workers Monday off

-- Maryland suspends early voting for the presidential election on Monday

-- Both campaigns stop sending fundraising emails to likely affected states

-- Broadway cancels Sunday, Monday shows; New York public parks closed from Sunday evening

-- UN headquarters in New York to be shut on Monday, meetings cancelled

-- New York Stock Exchange will remain open on Monday, but for electronic trades only

-- Casinos shut in New Jersey's Atlantic City from Sunday