October 27, 2012

East Coast prepares for Hurricane Sandy

(CBS/AP) After causing heavy damage and at least 40 deaths in the Caribbean, Hurricane Sandy is headed toward making landfall on the East Coast by Tuesday. No one can be certain how powerful it will become, but the signs are ominous.
A sign on N. College Rd. in Wilmington, N.C., notifies motorists of a tropical storm watch as Sandy churns over the Atlantic ocean, Friday Oct. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/The Star-News, Paul Stephen)

Meteorologist and CBS News hurricane analyst David Bernard of CBS Station WFOR says the storm weakened slightly overnight to a tropical storm, but was upgraded this morning to a hurricane packing 75 mph winds. 

Sandy is expected to make landfall early Tuesday near the Delaware coast, then hit two winter weather systems as it moves inland, creating a hybrid monster storm that could bring nearly a foot of rain, high winds and up to 2 feet of snow.

Experts said the storm could be wider and stronger than Irene, which caused more than $15 billion in damage, and could rival the worst East Coast storm on record.

Bernard says the storm's massive wind field means tropical storm-force winds means the danger from the storm when it makes landfall spreads through all of New England and the Mid-Atlantic states - the most densely-populated part of the country.

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