Updating our last post on Hurricane Sandy - Officials have now raised the storm-related death toll across the Caribbean to 65, with 51 of those coming in Haiti.
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Now the U.S. is bracing for what could be the largest storm ever, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's website.
The Weather Channel is calling the storm "one which will occupy a place in the annals of weather history as one of the most extraordinary to have affected the United States."
High winds are now over the coastal areas of North Carolina and Virginia, and gale force winds expected along the Mid-Atlantic later today. The National Hurricane Center advises hurricane force winds will reach the Mid-Atlantic by late tomorrow.
As the eastern seaboard braces for Sandy, those of us here in the Great Lakes region near Lake Michigan are under a Storm Watch with expected winds of 60 mph winds with waves in excess of 20 to 33 feet.
We have lanterns and candles ready as we expect to be without power tomorrow due to the high winds. This is a killer storm, and all those in the path (50 to 60 million people) please take the necessary precautions.