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Monday, October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Gains Power And Aims For Northeast

Waves wash over the seawall near high tide at Battery Park in New York on Monday, as Hurricane Sandy approaches the East Coast. (AP/Craig Ruttle)

Hurricane Sandy is gaining strength and has taken a left turn toward the East Coast and its date with two other weather systems. An official with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is calling it “the worst-case scenario.”

The storm, with tropical storm-force winds extending almost 500 miles from its center, is expected to blow ashore along the New Jersey coast tonight or early tomorrow. Combined with high tides and a full moon, it brings the fear of a huge surge of seawater.

The combined storm is expected to affect everyone from the East Coast to the Great Lakes, with up to 3 feet of snow forecast for the West Virginia mountains.

Airlines have canceled thousands of flights in the Northeast and air travel could come to a halt for at least two days. That has caused a ripple effect across the globe.

Get the latest on the track of Hurricane Sandy:


  • Ed Kieser, Here & Now’s meteorologist at-large.

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