Hurricane Sandy, Winter Storm Threaten East Coast

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Stormy weather could bring power outages on the East Coast that last to Election Day.

Hurricane Sandy made landfall Thursday in southern Cuba as a Category 2 storm. It pounded Jamaica and Cuba with winds of more than 100 miles and hour. Rainfall amounts of 10 to 20 inches have cut off entire communities.

Forecasters say Sandy could twist and hit the East Coast early next week with strong winds, flooding, heavy rain, and possibly snow.

The hurricane is expected to collide with an early winter storm from the west and a blast of arctic air from the north.

Sandy has already claimed the lives of two people in the Caribbean.

It's expected to maintain hurricane strength as it moves through the Bahamas. The Bahamas could see a foot of rain, 20 foot waves, and 10-foot storm surge.

Sandy is expected to blow toward the south Florida coast Friday morning.

"It'll be a rough couple days from Hatteras up to Cape Cod," said forecaster Jim Cisco, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration prediction center in College Park, Maryland.

"We don't have many modern precedents for what the models are suggesting," he said.

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