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Posted by admin on November - 4 - 2012 with 0 Comment

Leaving at least 43 people dead, destroying numerous homes and felling trees and power lines in the Caribbean, Hurricane Sandy was heading towards the U.S. East Coast late Friday amid fears of more destruction.
As the extremely rare and dangerous storm turns in from the Atlantic, it is likely to affect 60 million people and lead to billions of dollars in damage, according to Alex Sosnowski, a senior meteorologist at AccuWeather Inc

Sandy’s maximum sustained winds dropped to 70 miles per hour from 75 mph, the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory early Saturday when the storm was centered 155 miles north of Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas and 350 miles southeast of Charleston, S.C., moving north-northeast at 10 mph.

Although the worst of the storm will be Monday through Tuesday, conditions may deteriorate from the mid-Atlantic to southern New England Sunday and Sunday night, Sosnowski said.

The death toll in the Caribbean from the storm was 42. Jamaica, Cuba and the Bahamas took direct hits from the storm, but impoverished Haiti bore the brunt due to almost incessant rains since Tuesday. The death toll in Haiti, which is still recovering from the devastating 2010 earthquake, stood at 29 late Friday, and the toll was likely to increase, according to The Associated Press.

Meteorologists have warned that flight delays and cancellations are expected in a large part of the U.S., as the storm is likely to hit several major airports, including in Boston, Washington, D.C., New York and Philadelphia.


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