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

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

Freeport : Bahamas | Oct 26, 2012 at 6:36 AM PDT
Views: Pending

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)

1 of 1
Hurricane Sandy
Hurricane Sandy in Haiti. AFP
Karl Gotthardt is based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
Report Credibility
  • Clear
  • Share:
  • Share
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear

News Stories

  • Hurricane Sandy leaves 21 dead in Caribbean

      Australian Broadcasting Corporation
    Sandy was downgraded to a category 1 storm as it tore through sparsely populated low-lying islands in the Bahamas, knocking out power and blowing roofs off homes. The Cuban government says the storm killed 11 people as trees fell and buildings...
  • Sandy nears Fla.; could be 'Frankenstorm'

      United Press International
    Hurricane Sandy moved near southeast Florida Friday and may mix with an icy storm as it chugs up the east coast, making what forecasters dubbed "Frankenstorm." Sandy, weakened to a Category 1 storm after whipping through the Bahamas, moved north-...
  • Hurricane Sandy aims at US afte...

      Qatar English Daily
    Hurricane Sandy grew into a major potential threat to the east coast of the United States yesterday after hammering Cuba's second-largest city and taking aim at the Bahamas, US forecasters said. Strengthening rapidly after tearing into Jamaica and...
  • Hurricane Sandy eyes Bahamas

      United Press International
    Hurricane Sandy, blamed for two deaths, bore down on the central Bahamas Thursday after slamming Jamaica, forecasters said. Weather advisories were posted for many Caribbean islands and portions of Florida, and officials were keeping watch along the...
  • Hurricane Sandy: US Braces After 11 Die In Cuba

      Sky News
    Hurricane Sandy has killed 11 people in Cuba and is now expected to batter the east coast of the US after lashing the Bahamas. Cuban state media announced that a four-month-old boy, who was crushed when his home collapsed, was among the dead as the...
  • Hurricane Sandy morphs into 'Frankenstorm'

      Al Jazeera English
    50 A surfer walks to the beach to take advantage of waves produced by hurricane Sandy's outer bands in Florida [AP] Hurricane Sandy pounded the Bahamas as it careened toward the eastern US after claiming 21 lives in the Caribbean, including 11 people...



More From Allvoices

Related People

Report Your News Got a similar story?
Add it to the network!

Or add related content to this report

Most Commented Reports

Use of this site is governed by our Terms of Use Agreement and Privacy Policy.

© Allvoices, Inc. 2008-2014. All rights reserved. Powered by PulsePoint.