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East Coast Braces for Hurricane Sandy After 28 Killed in Caribbean

Oct. 26, 2012

The north-eastern United States was on Friday bracing itself for a hit in the next few days from Hurricane Sandy, as experts indicated that the storm could collide with a cold front and slam the US around the Halloween holiday in a "Frankenstorm."

The hurricane was crossing the Bahamas Friday and its western edge was expected to scrape eastern Florida, according to the National Weather service, who warned that a "sprawling storm" could bring "significant rain, wind and waves to the north-east US" next week.

At least 28 people were killed in Cuba, Haiti and Jamaica as Hurricane Sandy swept over the Caribbean.

Eleven people were killed in Cuba, sixteen in Haiti and one in Jamaica, according to local media reports.

The storm battered eastern Cuba Thursday, packing winds of 175 kilometres per hour, and forcing the evacuation of an estimated 330,000 people. The provinces of Santiago de Cuba and Holguin were worst affected.

Cuban President Raul Castro was to travel Friday to Santiago de Cuba, the country's second-largest city, to survey the damage.

According to Cuba's Civil Defence authorities, the storm killed nine people in Santiago de Cuba - four of them in house collapses.

According to an early Friday report from the National Hurricane Centre in Miami, Florida, Sandy was expected to remain near hurricane strength for the next few days and then reintensify. A tropical storm watch has been extended to include parts of the US states of North and South Carolina.

Source: Copyright 2012 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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