Forecasters: Frankenstorm a Once in Lifetime Event

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Forecasters say there is a 90 percent chance the East Coast will take a direct hit from Hurricane Sandy.

"This is not being over-hyped," meteorologist Bernie Rayno said. "I would use the terms 'devastating' and historic,' a one in 30-year storm.

The storm, which meteorologists are calling a once-in-a-lifetime event, could affect some 50 million people.

The so-called "Frankenstorm" has weakened a little after wreaking havoc in the Caribbean.

One Cuban man said the hurricane was very big, and he has never seen anything like it in his 54 years. He said it was terrible, with roofs flying off everywhere.

Meteorologist Joe Bastardi and and AccuWeather's Adrienne Green spoke more about Sandy's possible track, on Friday's CBN Newswatch, Oct. 26.

Forecasters say the main impact in Florida will be tropical storm-force winds along the coast and very strong surf.

By early next week, Hurricane Sandy could be a super storm when it moves up the East Coast.

"If I was younger, it was exciting. As you get older, you get worried," innkeeper Dennis Badore, in Scituate, Mass., said.

The storm is expected to move out to the Atlantic then hook inland, somewhere between Washington, D.C., and New York, most likely on the Delmarva Peninsula.

Meanwhile, people along the East Coast are getting ready

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"I talked to a couple of fishermen, and I kind of believe what they said, and they said they think it's going to be one of the worst storms in 10 years," Scituate resident George Dow said.

Forecasters believe the hurricane will be hit with a blast of arctic air, giving it more energy, and then supercharged by the jet stream, possibly resulting in the worst characteristics of a hurricane and nor'easter.

That could mean heavy rain, high winds, flooding, tornados, coastal surges and possibly snow. Sandy could also lead to widespread power outages.

"The biggest source of outages during a storm is falling tree limbs," Karen Johnson, with New Jersey's Public Service Electric and Gas, said.

Johnson said the utility company is bringing in 1,500 additional workers from Indiana and Florida to help restore power in the event of outages.

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