With just a few days to go until Halloween, hurricane Sandy is set to hit the US coast. According to forecasts, hurricane Sandy will make the history books and will most likely give your backyard a proper Halloween makeup.
Governors in states unfortunate to be on Sandy’s course have already put together emergency plans including mandatory evacuations. The area between Delaware and New York, New Jersey will be the most impacted by hurricane Sandy, a storm so damaging experts see it making the history books. A 700 miles – area will be slashed by 105 miles winds, and this is just in the area close to the storm’s center.
Nine states and the District of Columbia have declared states of emergency after hurricane Sandy ravaged through the Caribbean, leaving 66 people dead. The National Hurricane Center’s 11 p.m. update set Sandy’s core 305 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras in North Carolina. For the moment, winds blew at 74 mph, 105 miles away from the storm’s eye.
“It is still too soon to focus on the exact track… both because of forecast uncertainty and because the impacts are going to cover such a large area away from the center” the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said. However, most people agree Sandy is going to turn into a storm for the history books.
“The size of this alone, affecting a heavily populated area, is going to be history making” warned hurricane specialist Jeff Masters on the Weather Underground website. Sandy could easily spell disaster, since there are major cities on its path, like Boston, New York, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia.
Weather forecasts see hurricane Sandy turning into a damaging “superstorm” as soon as it hits the land. As forecasts can’t pinpoint the exact location where the hurricane will hit, people in the vulnerable states are gathering supplies and preparing for the worse.
“They’re freaking out. I’m selling people four, five, six packs of batteries – when I had them” a hardware store clerk in Glenside, Pennsylvania told Reuters.
On Sandy’s path there are five oil refineries that account for 7 percent of the U.S. gasoline production. Seeing as experts expect them to shut down operation for at least one day, the price of gas could easily rise to a new troubling level just ahead of the Election Day.