Hurricane Sandy left a wake of destruction in its path as the hurricane was responsible for claiming 43 lives in the Caribbean. He massive storm is now making a slow march toward the East Coast of the United States and is threatening to be one of the worst storms in decades.
The big storm is being called “Frankenstorm” by some weather forecasters because it is combining elements of a tropical cyclone and a winter storm. Some forecasters believe that it has what it takes to become a very dangerous and powerful “super storm”. Many states along the East Coasts have already declared states of emergency ahead of Sandy and are urging people to head out to the stores to stock up on essentials like drinking water, canned foods and batteries.
Sandy is now a Category 1 hurricane. The system is slow moving as it’s chugging away from the Caribbean on a northward path. If the storm stays on its current path, it could make landfall late Monday or Tuesday on the East Coast somewhere between North Carolina and southern New England. Sandy could cause widespread, serious flooding along the coast and may even cause snowstorms further inland. As of Saturday morning, Sandy was about 365 miles southeast of Charleston, SC with winds at about 75 miles per hour.
The National Weather Services said Friday night that Sandy will probably weaken to a tropical storm before gaining strength again over open water, returning it to a Cat 1 hurricane by Sunday. Officials in New York City are talking about closing down the subway system ahead of Sandy as they fear the storm may cause dangerous flooding that would affect subway lines. Some forecasters think that Sandy is going to be worse than Hurricane Irene that struck the Northeast last year, causing billions of dollars worth of damage.
On Friday, a veteran forecaster said that he was “at a loss for words” over what Sandy may do if the storm hooks to the west and makes landfall. There have been many dire predictions made about the hurricane well ahead of it even reaching the US. There is sure to be widespread flooding, downed trees and power lines as well as power outages affecting millions of people that could last for many days or even weeks if the storm reorganizes and zeroes in on the East.