[QODLink]
Americas
Hurricane Sandy a potential 'super storm'
Heading towards the US East Coast, Sandy could morph into a catastrophic blend of tropical cyclone and winter storm.
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2012 05:48

Hurricane Sandy, a late-season Atlantic cyclone that threatens to be one of the worst storms to hit the US northeast in decades, is slowly moved northward after killing at least 41 people in the Caribbean.

Sandy left a trail of destruction in the Caribbean, bringing strong winds and heavy rain. In Haiti, a bridge connecting to the Dominican Republic was destroyed by fast rising water.

Towns are flooded and residents have taken to higher ground for safety.

Forecasters said wind damage, widespread and extended power outages, and coastal and inland flooding were expected across the densely populated US East Coast when Sandy comes ashore early next week.

Forecast models show it will have all the ingredients, elements of a tropical cyclone and a winter storm, to morph into a massive and potentially catastrophic "super storm".

On its current projected track, government forecasters said, Sandy could make landfall on Monday night or Tuesday in Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York or southern New England.

The US navy has already ordered some of its ships out to sea.

Al Jazeera's Iain Bruce reports.

185

Topics in this article
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Muslim volunteers face questioning and threat of arrest, while aid has been disrupted or blocked, charities say.
Six months on, outrage and sorrow over the mass schoolgirl abduction has disappeared - except for families in Nigeria.
ISIL combatants seeking an 'exit strategy' from Mideast conflict need positive reinforcement back home, analysts say.
European nation hit by a wave of Islamophobia as many young fighters join ISIL in Syria and Iraq.
Featured
Lacking cohesive local ground forces to attack in tandem, coalition air strikes will have limited effect, experts say.
Hindu right-wing groups run campaign against what they say is Muslim conspiracy to convert Hindu girls into Islam.
Six months on, outrage and sorrow over the mass schoolgirl abduction has disappeared - except for families in Nigeria.
Muslim caretakers maintain three synagogues in eastern Indian city, which was once home to a thriving Jewish community.
Amid fresh ISIL gains, officials in Anbar province have urged the Iraqi government to request foreign ground troops.