Hurricane Sandy churns in Caribbean; Northeastern U.S. making preps



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Posted on October 25, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 25 at 6:01 PM

Hurricane Sandy made landfall in Jamaica Wednesday afternoon as a Category 1 hurricane, bringing heavy rain and winds around 80 miles an hour.

While Sandy isn't expected to impact Florida directly, the Sunshine State was still feeling the storm's effects Thursday.

"It's a little windy, the suns in and out, the water's a little rough," said Sarah Brown, who was visiting the state on business. For her, a stop at the beach was mandatory, even if the winds were blowing and the surf was beginning to churn.

In Delray Beach, on Florida's East Coast, the palm trees were already shaking and swaying. Caroline Bledowski, who was visiting from Germany, waded into the water. "I just got in halfway and already felt like the waves were taking me with them," she said.

In New England, Sandy looks similar to Hurricane Grace in 1991, which combined with a cold front and non-tropical low pressure system to create "the perfect storm," which led to a best-selling book and blockbuster movie. Grace caused 12 deaths and $200 million in damage.

Bob Conners, who lives in Plum Island, Massachusetts, was preparing for Sandy by strengthening the sand dunes. "Once the storm's hit, there's nothing you can do until the storm subsides, and at that point if the coastal dune has been compromised and the structure compromised, it's already too late," he explained.

For people in the Northeast, "the perfect storm" could happen again next week.


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