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Powerful Hurricane Sandy sweeps across Caribbean, leaves 21 dead in its wake

Freeport : Bahamas | Oct 26, 2012 at 6:36 AM PDT
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After sweeping across Jamaica, leaving many without electricity and one dead, Hurricane Sandy swept across the northeast of Cuba, near Santiago and then the Bahamas, leaving 21 dead in its wake.

The storm arrived in the Bahamas as a category 1 storm. It is expected to move northward as a category 1 storm for several days.

The hurricane will move along the Eastern Seaboard of the United States and is expected to make landfall near New York City, before moving on to the Canadian Maritime Provinces.

The hurricane, which weakened to a category 1 storm, caused havoc in Cuba, killing at least 11 people in eastern Santiago and Guantanamo provinces. Cuban authorities said that this was the deadliest storm since 2005. The storm also killed 10 people in Haiti.

Friday morning the storm's center was approximately 150 miles southeast of Freeport, Bahamas. It had sustained winds of 87 mph and was moving northwest at 13 mph.

Just in time for Halloween, the storm is expected to mix with a winter storm and is expected to create a monster storm in the eastern US and Canada's Maritime Provinces.

Millions of people are expected to be affected in the southern US with flash floods and strong winds as the storm moves northward, skirting the United States coast. As it proceeds north and mixes with the winter storm, it is expected to affect millions of people in the eastern US.

If the worst case scenario occurs, the storm will mix with a strong arctic system, which will create catastrophic conditions for millions of people in the eastern US with floods and power outages.

People in the northeastern United States and Atlantic Canada need to pay attention. They must ensure that they get updates regularly and take the recommended precautions.

The phenomena forecast for this storm occurs rarely, but the results can be devastating.

Hurricane Sandy is expected to sweep through the Bahamas by Friday afternoon and then head northward along the US coast. There is a 90 percent chance that most of the US east coast will get gale force winds and flooding, with snow starting Sunday.

Sources: CBC

Washington Post (includes video weather forecast)

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Karl Gotthardt is based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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