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Saturday, 27 October 2012 18:15

Hurricane Sandy caused only rain and wind in the Turks and Caicos Islands, but she brought death to the Caribbean and appears headed for the densely populated northeastern United States in time for Halloween.

Sandy’s path across Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti and the Bahamas left almost two dozen dead.

On Thursday, Oct. 24, winds gusting to more than 50 mph caused American Airlines to cancel flights from Miami to Providenciales International Airport.

Sandy, the 18th named storm of this Atlantic hurricane season, passed over Great Abaco on Oct. 26 and was sending pounding surf as far away as the U.S. east coast from Florida through the Carolinas.

The already huge storm with winds of up to 80 mph was predicted to grow so large that tropical-storm-force winds would extend as far as 220 miles from the eye.

That means the entire U.S. east coast will be hit with wind and waves from Sandy, which is expected to make landfall somewhere in the northeastern U.S.

Some forecasters worry that Sandy could become a winter storm hybrid worse than the “Perfect Storm” of 1991.

If it hits the northeast the day before Halloween, as one computer model shows, it would be a disastrous storm, bringing coastal flooding, drenching rainfall, high winds, downed trees, power outages, travel mayhem and even Appalachian snow, according to AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

 

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