Already responsible for deaths in the Caribbean, Hurricane Sandy rips toward the East Coast carrying the potential to become a powerful hybrid storm, news sources report.
Heavy damage and at least 58 deaths were the result of Hurricane Sandy hitting the Caribbean. It is expected to hit the East Coast near Delaware by Tuesday, colliding with two winter weather systems while it moves inland. The result being "a hybrid monster storm," CBS News reports.
The aggression of the storm is suspected to hit states from New York to the Carolinas where intense rains, gale-force winds, flooding, snow, high seas, and power outages are expected. Hurricane Sandy extending inland through Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland and potentially all the way to the Ohio Valley, Los Angeles Times reports.
With wind strength is up to 75 miles per hour, "it's threatening to be one of the worst storms to hit the Northeast in decades," chief meteorologist Al Roker said. Water-level rise is a huge concern since the storm is traveling over hundreds of miles and piling up water. "The surge could be devastating when it finally comes on shore," weather specialist Carl Parker said and NBC News reports.
Hurricane Sandy is in rival with Hurricane Irene for one of the worst storms on record for the East Coast. Irene caused over $15 billion in damage, and experts said that Sandy could be stronger and wider than Irene and meteorology director Jeff Masters of Weather Underground said it could also be as big or bigger than the worst East Coast storm on record, the Long Island Express of 1938, which is responsible for the deaths of nearly 800 people, CBS News reports.
People along the coast were told to prepare for the hurricane and for days with out electricity. Precautions have been taken and flood prone areas have been advised to evacuate, CBS News reports.