Hurricane Sandy, Explained

Everything you need to know about the upcoming “Frankenstorm.”

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Some are calling it a “Snoreastercane.” Others have dubbed it a “Frankenstorm.” Whatever its nickname, Sandy is a Category 2 hurricane currently positioned over the Bahamas and expected to hit the Northeastern seaboard just in time for Halloween. Forecasters say Sandy will bring gale-force winds, flooding, heavy rains, and possibly even snow to parts of the Northeast.

Where’s Sandy headed?

The hurricane first hit just south of Kingston, Jamaica, on the morning of October 24 and blew across southeastern Cuba early Thursday. The center of Sandy is expected to move through the central Bahamas late Thursday and then head towards the northwestern Bahamas on Friday.

The National Weather Service (NWS) reported that Sandy will also brush up against against eastern Florida on Thursday, and wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour are possible in southern Florida through Saturday. The Baltimore Sun reported that, as a tropical storm, Sandy may move into the Mid-Atlantic early Tuesday, and the NWS predicts a “close pass” or “direct hit” as being possible for New England from late Monday and Tuesday to later next week. Potential impacts may include high seas, storm surge, and high tides, which could produce coastal flooding.

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