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Hurricane Sandy: Major Threat to East Coast After Leaving 30 Dead In The Carribean

A man removes mud from his tap tap with flood water caused by heavy rains from Hurricane Sandy, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 in La Plaine, Haiti, as residents of the Port-au-Prince neighbor tried to recover from the aftermath of the storm, which claimed three lives.

Dubbed “Superstorm” by the media and “Frankenstorm” by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Hurricane Sandy cut a swathe of destruction across Haiti, Jamaica and Cuba, leaving 28 people dead and many injured.

The pre-Halloween hybrid weather monster that federal forecasters call “Frankenstorm” is looking more ominous by the hour for the East Coast, and utilities and local governments are getting ready.

Hurricane Sandy, having blown through Haiti and Cuba and leaving nearly 30 dead, continues to barrel north as the lowest category hurricane, just as a wintry storm is moving across the U.S. from the west, and frigid air streams south from Canada.

And if they meet Tuesday morning around New York or New Jersey, as forecasters predict, they could create a big, wet mess that settles over the nation’s most heavily populated corridor and reaches as far west as Ohio.

Meteorologists expect a natural horror show of high wind, heavy rain, extreme tides and maybe snow to the west beginning early Sunday, peaking with the arrival of Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday and lingering past Halloween on Wednesday.

“It’s looking like a very serious storm that could be historic,” said Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the forecasting service Weather Underground. With a rare mix of three big merging weather systems over a densely populated region, experts predict at least $1 billion in damage.CBS News hurricane consultant David Bernard reports that Sandy, which has weakened to a Category 1 storm since Thursday, will likely run parallel to the East Coast through Sunday night into Monday morning, when it will be just east of North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

On Monday, Sandy is forecast to shift westward and hit anywhere from as far south as Chesapeake Bay up to New York’s Long Island or southern New England, Bernard reports.In Dania Beach, Fla., CBS News correspondent Manuel Bojorquez reports the Sunshine State has been feeling Sandy’s effects already for 24 hours, and the storm still has the potential to bring high winds and heavy rains.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Friday that wherever the storm comes ashore, there will be 10 inches of rain and extreme storm surges. Up to 2 feet of snow should fall on West Virginia, with lighter snow in parts of Ohio and Pennsylvania. – Continue Reading Here

A man clears debris from his house on Thursday. It was demolished by Hurricane Sandy in Santiago de Cuba.
A woman stands at the entrance of her house surrounded by flood water after heavy rains in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on Thursday.
A woman stands at the entrance of her house surrounded by flood water after heavy rains in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on Thursday.
People walk on a flooded street after Hurricane Sandy hit Port Au Prince, Haiti, on Thursday.
People walk on a flooded street after Hurricane Sandy hit Port Au Prince, Haiti, on Thursday.
A woman peers out the door of her house Thursday after it was damaged by Hurricane Sandy in Bayamo, Cuba.
A woman peers out the door of her house Thursday after it was damaged by Hurricane Sandy in Bayamo, Cuba.
A U.N. peacekeeper on Thursday stands at the edge of a bridge that was washed away by heavy rains from Hurricane Sandy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
A U.N. peacekeeper on Thursday stands at the edge of a bridge that was washed away by heavy rains from Hurricane Sandy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Men deal with downed tree branches after heavy rains caused by Hurricane Sandy in Kingston, Jamaica, on Wednesday, October 24.
Men deal with downed tree branches after heavy rains caused by Hurricane Sandy in Kingston, Jamaica, on Wednesday, October 24.
The Hope River begins to swell with rain from approaching Hurricane Sandy in Kingston, Jamaica, on Wednesday.
The Hope River begins to swell with rain from approaching Hurricane Sandy in Kingston, Jamaica, on Wednesday.
Students walk in floodwater from Hurricane Sandy's rain in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on Wednesday.
Students walk in floodwater from Hurricane Sandy’s rain in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on Wednesday.
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Tourists from the Netherlands battle the winds of Hurricane Sandy on Miami Beach, Florida, on October 25, 2012.

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