Atlantic Coast Casinos Close Due To Hurricane Sandy

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Several casinos on the eastern seaboard of the United States have shut their doors as a precaution against the upcoming super storm Hurricane Sandy.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ordered the evacuation of every casino located within Atlantic City in addition to all of the state' barrier islands. The casinos were set to be evacuated by Sunday afternoon.

The mega storm could impact more than 55 million people along its path when it makes landfall Tuesday. The storm is currently 800 miles wide and is set to merge with two large winter weather systems, wreaking havoc along its path.

The effects of the hurricane have caused North Carolina Governor Beverly Purdue to declare a state of emergency in some coastal areas. New York City shut down its public transportation system, and thousands of flights have been cancelled in advance.