Hurricane Sandy

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Hurricane Sandy over the Caribbean
Hurricane Sandy over the Caribbean

Hurricane Sandy is a tropical hurricane that formed over the Caribbean and tracked north. It is due to make landfall in New Jersey just south of New York at approximately 11:00am AEST (

The storm is predicted to cause widespread destruction on the east coast. The tr

Hurricane Sandy is causing considerable disruption across the eastern United States, including:

  • winds are predicted to reach 140 kilometres per hour
  • more than 50 million people across 12 states potentially affected.
  • Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes and seek shelter with friends or in evacuation centres
  • Up to 750,000 people are without power in New York and New Jersey
  • Seaside communities already started flooding as the storm nears the coast
  • The hurricane is expected to intensify when it combines with a low pressure weather pattern.

The storm arrived eight days prior to the US presidential election. President Barack Obama has warned there could be fatalities from the massive storm, and has declared emergencies in the following nine states:

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

"The most important message to the public I have right now is, 'Please listen to what your state and local officials are saying'."

"When they tell you to evacuate, you need to evacuate."

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