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“Frankenstorm” Bears Down On East Coast

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HURRICANE SANDY STOKES FEAR IN MID-ATLANTIC

Packing maximum sustained winds of nearly 90 miles per hour, Hurricane Sandy is drawing a bead on the East Coast of the United States – moving inexorably northwest toward an expected rendezvous with a cold front and untold damage to the Eastern Seaboard.

The oversized category one hurricane – a rare late October tropical system – has been dubbed “Frankenstorm” due to its proximity to Halloween.  Its expected landfall during the wee hours of the morning on Tuesday has stoked fear across the mid-Atlantic region of the nation – with hurricane force winds predicted from Virginia all the way north to Massachusetts.

“Sandy is expected to transition into a frontal or wintertime low pressure system prior to landfall,” the lastest release from the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida states.  “However … this transition will not be accompanied by a weakening of the system … and in fact … a little strengthening is possible during this process.”

Yikes …

The massive storm – 1,000 miles wide – could impact up to 50 million people.  Forecasters are predicting a “life-threatening storm surge” associated with Sandy, and the system is expected to bring rain to the east coast and snowfall to the Appalachian mountains – especially in West Virginia.

Courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), here is its latest forecast track …

So … will Sandy wind up being a major disaster?  Or will it be a dud like last year’s Hurricane Irene?  We’ll find out over the next forty-eight hours …

For the latest on Sandy, we’ll be following the Hurricane Resource Center at Boat U.S. – which always has the latest advisories as well as numerous tracking maps.  To access the site, click on the link below …

BOAT U.S. HURRICANE RESOURCE CENTER

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