updated - May 19, 2013 Sunday EDT
Hurricane Sandy, having blown through Haiti and Cuba and leaving nearly 30 dead, continues to barrel north as the lowest category hurricane, just as a wintry storm is moving across the U.S. from the west, and frigid air streams south from Canada.
Computer models show potential targets include an area stretching roughly from the Chesapeake Bay to southern New England.
In Florida, hurricane warnings have been issued for Miami, Jacksonville, Melbourne and Key West. There is concern that Sandy could merge with other seasonal storms to create a much stronger storm that will pummel the US East Coast. This storm could bring heavy rain and snow and strong winds to the coast early next week.
Meteorologists expect a natural horror show of high wind, heavy rain, extreme tides and maybe snow to the west beginning early Sunday, peaking with the arrival of Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday and lingering past Halloween on Wednesday.
"It's looking like a very serious storm that could be historic," said Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the forecasting service Weather Underground, according to CBS news.
On Friday morning, the hurricane tore through the Bahamas with 100-m.p.h. winds, after killing at least 21 people in the Caribbean. By noon, the system was moving north out of the Bahamas, as a Category 1 storm, with wind speeds of 80 m.p.h., Mr. Franklin said.
On Monday, Sandy is forecast to shift westward and hit anywhere from as far south as Chesapeake Bay up to New York's Long Island or southern New England, Bernard reports.
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