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Weather forecasts in the US have had the East Coast on high alert for a large storm , which has developed into the threatening Hurricane Sandy–expected to be the biggest threat to the mainland, marking history with its force.
The Government spent much of the day preparing to face tough decisions on emergency schemes, including inevitable evacuations to parts of the coast, and ordering residents to gather and collect supplies and possessions before the storm is arrives on Monday night (EDT).
Sandy is currently taking route toward Delaware and the New Jersey/New York area, with forecasters expecting that the exact point of its eye will be hard to determine.
A representative from the National Hurricane Center, however, said it is still too early to predict its definite track.
“It is still too soon to focus…both because of forecast uncertainty and because the impacts are going to cover such a large area away from the center,” they told in an advisory.
Sandy’s winds have not yet developed into harmful Hurricane-strength forces, but its width has been the concern for the bureau , residents and Government of the East Coast–her range extending from 105 miles from it center, while its winds being felt across 700 miles.
Expected to have a brutal impact on major cities, including New York, the Government has debated whether to shut down the subway system before Sandy makes landfall. The decision has not yet been made, given the result could bring the “country’s financial nerve center to a standstill” (Reuters).
Tropical storm conditions have begun in North Carolina, and gale force winds are expected to begin in the New York and Southern New England area by Monday morning (ETD).
According to the Atmospheric Administration’s website, Sandy has the potential to be the largest storm to hit the United States, with its size alone affecting a majorly populated area. Forecasters have labelled Sandy a “super storm”.
The effects of Hurricane Sandy has already killed at least 66 people in the Caribbean Islands, including 51 in Haiti, due to flash flooding and mudslides.
Meanwhile, a tsunami warning had been issued for Hawaii after a 7.7 magnitude earthquake hit just off the coast of Canada. The first waves striking the island were smaller than expected, but Gerard Fryer from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the largest wave was measured at 5 feet, 2 feet higher than normal sea levels.
Officials are still warning residents not to go back to devastated zones until they have been told it is safe to do so, despite no reports of major damage. A tsunami threat had previously been issue for a areas across a 450-mile stretch along San Francisco and central Oregon, but evacuation orders slowly became unnecessary.
Government officials have stated that whilst the tsunami is now no longer a major threat to Hawaii and surrounding areas, precaution and awareness must be taken after recent freak weather systems around the globe, despite the wave being downgraded to less than one foot.