Why You Should Be Terrified Of Hurricane Sandy

Saturday, October 27, 2012
By Paul Martin

Dina Spector
Oct. 27, 2012

Hurricane Sandy is a big deal. Although there is always a chance that the storm could go out to sea, weather experts are 90 percent certain that Sandy will strike the U.S. East Coast, gaining in strength and size as it comes ashore.

There are many factors that come together to make Sandy so destructive.

The hybrid storm

First, Sandy is a hurricane, which is menacing by itself. But as the storm moves north, it will combine with a winter storm, or strong low pressure system, from Canada.

The blending of these two weather systems is what makes Sandy so unusual. Experts call it the “perfect storm.” Conditions like these have not been seen since the New England Hurricane of 1938, which generated 50-foot waves and killed 500 people.

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