Friday, October 26, 2012

‘Frankenstorm’ Worse Than ‘Perfect Storm,’ $1 Billion in Damage Expected

Hurricane view from space. (credit: NASA via Getty Images) 

WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — When Hurricane Sandy becomes a hybrid weather monster some call “Frankenstorm” it will smack the East Coast harder and wider than last year’s damaging Irene, forecasters said Friday.

The brunt of the weather mayhem will be concentrated where the hurricane comes ashore early Tuesday, but there will be hundreds of miles of steady, strong and damaging winds and rain for the entire Eastern region for several days, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

With a rare mix of three big merging weather systems over a densely populated region, experts predict at least $1 billion in damage.

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