Hurricane Sandy slogs toward U.S., kills 31 in Caribbean
Tropical-force winds, with hurricane-force gusts, could stretch from coastal Virginia to Boston by early Tuesday, latest forecasts show. Hurricane Sandy is still expected to combine with a nor'easter, into a 'Frankenstorm.'
As hurricane Sandy leaves the northern Bahamas, computer models indicate the dangerous storm will hit the East Coast anywhere between Chesapeake Bay and Long Island, New York, starting early Tuesday morning.
By the time Sandy is off the East Coast, it will combine with a developing nor’easter into a massive and potentially destructive storm, meteorologists suggest. Some in the media have dubbed it “Frankenstorm,” because it will be a hybrid storm arriving just before Halloween.
If this unusual meteorological mix occurs, it would form a storm similar to one in 1991 dubbed the “perfect storm,” which resulted in 13 deaths. A movie of the same name dramatized the unsuccessful efforts of the Andrea Gail, a fishing boat out of Gloucester, Mass., to ride out the huge waves. A US Coast Guard helicopter, on a rescue mission, also crashed at sea during that storm, killing a rescue swimmer.
Forecasters expect that most of the East Coast will be affected by the winds, heavy rain, beach erosion, and possibly some heavy snow in the Appalachian mountains. Rivers are expected to flood, with the storm dumping as much as a foot of rain in some areas.