Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Storm Sandy makes landfall in eastern US

A major storm bringing torrential rain, high winds, flood surges and heavy snow has made landfall on the east US coast.cSandy, now a post-tropical cyclone, passed over the New Jersey coast at about 20:00 local time (midnight GMT), packing winds of about 80mph (129km/h).

Up to 60 million people could be affected, with hundreds of thousands ordered to evacuate homes. More than a million people have lost power. Transport has halted in eastern cities, and thousands of flights are grounded.

The storm killed dozens of people as it passed through the Caribbean. Sandy lost its hurricane status late on Monday as it neared the coast and collided with winter weather systems. It made landfall close to Atlantic City.

BBC News

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