According to sources hurricane SANDY has already claimed the lives of at least twenty one people. The storm has been given the auspicious nickname because it is a hybrid of various storms converging to produce one helluva heavy hitter.
It weakened to a Category 1 hurricane late Thursday and could drop down to a tropical storm before rolling onto land in the United States, said the weather service. But it warns the storm “could become a menace to the Northeast.”
If predictions hold, Sandy would roll in over an already elevated tide, increasing its storm surge. It would dump lots of rain and deliver winds that are strong enough to knock over trees and power lines in a large region. And it would join with a second weather system currently over land to form a monster storm.Hurricane Sandy ‘storm of a lifetime’Hurricane Sandy hits Jamaica
Meteorologist Kathy Orr at CNN affiliate KYW-TV in Philadelphia warned viewers Thursday that Sandy could be a storm “of historic proportion” and that the City of Brotherly Love could take a direct hit.
“There is potential for widespread power outages, not just for a couple of days but for a couple of weeks or more, if the storm stays on track,” she said.
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