NAGS HEAD, N.C. (AP) -- Convenience stores, breakfast restaurants and gas stations on North Carolina's Outer Banks are open for business as usual as Hurricane Sandy roars offshore.

The worst of the storm is expected to be felt later Sunday.

There was scattered flooding on the barrier island beach road in Nags Head. Rain fell, but gusty winds were barely half the 75 mph sustained winds reported near the center of Sandy still hundreds of miles away.

Forecasters warned that winds would pick up along the Outer Banks during the day, with the brunt of it expected overnight and early Monday. Some areas of southern Hatteras Island were already experiencing flooding.

Sandy was predicted to come ashore late Monday or early Tuesday, most likely in New Jersey, bringing high winds and coastal flooding. Then it's expected to meet up with a storm moving in from the west and cold air streaming down from the Arctic.

Forecasters say the resulting megastorm could blow down trees and power lines and dump heavy rain or snow over 800 miles, from the East Coast to the Great Lakes. Parts of West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina could get up to 2 feet of snow.

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