MIAMI (Sat, Oct 27) – Reported by madn3wz After killing dozens in the Caribbean, Hurricane Sandy heading towards the U.S. East Coast Saturday, menacing as much as one third of the United States with what has been named as a powerful "Frankenstorm" by some weather watchers because it will combine elements of a tropical cyclone and a winter storm.
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More alarmingly, forecast models show Sandy will have all the ingredients to transform into an enormous and possibly catastrophic "super storm."
Earlier, Category 1 Hurricane Sandy pulled away from the Bahamas on Saturday after killing at least 44 people in the Caribbean. Sandy left a stream of damage in the Caribbean, bringing strong winds and heavy rain. In Haiti, a bridge connecting to the Dominican Republic was smashed by fast rising water. Towns are flooded and inhabitants have rescued to higher ground as safety precautions.
Authorities in states coming under danger zone along the U.S. East Coast declared states of emergency on Friday, and officials urged residents to stock up on food, water and batteries in the event the storm develops as forecast.
"It is going to be a challenging storm," Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Craig Fugate said. Although as on early Saturday morning, Sandy was about 375 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, packing sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 km per hour); but officials warned it was too early to say when and where the storm would make its initial landfall.
On its current projected track, government forecasters said, Sandy could make landfall on Monday night or Tuesday in Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York or southern New England. The US Navy has already ordered some of its ships out to sea.
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