Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
A man and a child watch waves break at Long Beach, New York, as Hurricane Sandy spins in the Atlantic on Sunday.
October 28th, 2012
06:40 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

Here is a look at some of the stories that CNN plans to follow this week:

Millions threatened by possible flooding from Sandy

Flooding is a major concern as Hurricane Sandy churns toward the U.S. East Coast. While strong winds are likely to bring major power outages and other troubles to inland areas this week, the possibility of significant storm surge has officials particularly concerned about millions of people on mid-Atlantic, New York and New England coasts, especially in New York City.

The center of the storm on Sunday afternoon was a Category 1, with max sustained winds of 75 mph and was a couple hundred miles off North Carolina. It could hit anywhere from Maryland to New York late Monday or early Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center says. It could unite with a low-pressure system from the West before it hits land, which could make it a little stronger.

Four to 12 inches of rain are possible over parts of the mid-Atlantic states, and 1 to 5 inches are possible in southern New York and southern New England. But storm surges also could be a problem; if peak storm surges happen with high tide, floodwaters of more than 6 feet are possible in the New York City area, the hurricane center says.

People in parts of New York City are under mandatory evacuation orders, and the city's train service will stop Sunday at 7 p.m. in advance of the storm. Check out what other areas of the East Coast are doing to prepare.

Millions along East Coast on alert

Tricky final campaign week for Obama, Romney

Hurricane Sandy isn't going to make the last full week of campaigning any easier for President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney.

Both presidential candidates have canceled campaign events in the coming days because the East Coast is preparing for the storm. Obama even canceled a Tuesday event in Colorado - far from Sandy - so he can stay at the White House to monitor any disaster-related developments.

CNN Poll of Polls: Who's ahead nationally and in battleground states?

Do the math: CNN electoral map and calculator

Key races to watch: Senate, House and governor

Man who plotted model-airplane attack on Pentagon faces prison term

A man accused of plotting to use model airplanes loaded with explosives to attack the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol is expected to be sentenced in federal court Thursday.

Rezwan Ferdaus of Massachusetts pleaded guilty to plotting the attack and attempting to support al Qaeda for attacks on U.S. troops overseas.

Ferdaus planned to use large, remote-controlled model aircraft filled with C-4 plastic explosive against the targets, officials said. He was arrested last year as a result of an undercover FBI investigation.

Germany to host European economic meeting

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will host a meeting Tuesday at the chancellery in Berlin with the chiefs of the International Monetary Fund, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the World Bank, the World Trade Organization and the International Labor Organization.

The eurozone nations continue to seek solutions to the economic struggles of Greece and Spain, where austerity measures intended to stem the bleeding are causing hardships and prompting protests.

Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling anniversary

Thursday marks the 500th anniversary of the unveiling of Michelangelo's remarkable fresco on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. The work, which took the artist four years to create, was first seen when Pope Julius II celebrated All Saints' Day Mass on November 1, 1512. The ceiling was part of a complete renovation necessitated by structural problems that caused cracks in the previous painting, according to the Vatican website.

Man who leaked pope's papers heads to jail

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. chrissy

    One more week of political madness! Thank heaven! This has got to have been the longest campaign EVER and i will be most happy to see the end of it!

    October 28, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. 1608

    I feel you. My girls in N.Y. and Bos. say things are a go whth them. Thats what they tell me. Everyone stay safe.

    October 28, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Little Jeffy Roemstein

    I'm going to vote Obama. What about you, George?

    October 28, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. George Patton

    I hope President Obama wins this election.

    October 28, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. little mister©

    It's good to see you General Patton. Could you please tell our friendly bloggers that we are not the same person? I'm voting for Romney.

    October 28, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      I am little mister, Kenny Rogers, George Patton, and Litlle Jeffy Roemstein. I'm sick, I'll admit it.

      October 28, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    lol @ little mister, it wouldnt work, all the various aliases have already been identified! I had planned on voting for Obama but maybe ill do a write in for big bird.

    October 28, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Little Jeffy Roemstein

    Are you not all there? I'm voting for Obama, whi isn't the TP. Derp.

    October 28, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. George Patton

    I am also Mitch, jay jay, phunk, and blog-o-matics.

    October 28, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    lol and you are also simon abela, and the art of conversation dont forget those two, i havent. Lol but of all your characters cutie patootie is by far the nicest.

    October 28, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Hide Behind

    Used to watch a group of Boeing and others in seattle build and fly those minibirds.
    I had flown old remotes years before and was allowed to try my hand after they were in air. I quicly gave back controls as indeed they are miles beyond my youths RC jobs.
    Some ofthose puppys costway over 10 grand never mind 6.

    October 29, 2012 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
  11. Garret

    sorry to burst your bubble but the flood waters of obamarhea flooded out IL long ago!!

    October 29, 2012 at 4:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    not banasy @ 4:l6

    October 29, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |