Hurricane Sandy has already slammed Cuba, bringing heavy rain and winds around 110 miles per hour on Thursday, as it moved north. By Friday morning, the death toll had already risen across the Caribbean.

The pre-Halloween hybrid weather monster that federal forecasters call “Frankenstorm” is looking more ominous by the hour for the East Coast, and utilities and local governments are getting ready.

The brunt of the weather mayhem will be concentrated where the hurricane comes ashore early Tuesday, but there will be hundreds of miles of steady, strong and damaging winds and rain for the entire Eastern region for several days, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Social media is tracking all news and events of this storm – follow the hashtag #Frankenstorm to stay aware.

UPDATE
Sirius XM Radio has announced that as Hurricane Sandy approaches the East Coast, it will air The Weather Channel to help those in the path of the hurricane and others around the country track the progress and severity of this storm.

[box type=”info” align=”aligncenter” ]Beginning October 26, The Weather Channel will air nonstop on Sirius channel 184 and XM channel 1 throughout the course of the storm, offering millions of listeners across the country in-depth, expert coverage including evacuation and safety tips, an explanation of the winds and pressure of the storm, its projected path and landfall expectations, tips on how to deal with severe storms and flooding and more. Advisories with extended coverage and local updates from The Weather Channel are airing hourly on SiriusXM’s First Traffic and Weather, channels 132 to 140. In addition, SiriusXM’s Road Dog Trucking Radio (channel 106) will keep the nation’s truckers updated with information on highway closures and weather.[/box]

LIVE COVERAGE



Hurricane Sandy: Live Report (via AFP)

2221GMT: People have posted more than 270,000 photos with the #sandy hashtag on photo-sharing platform Instagram. One shows a resident hunkering down with a flashlight, another shows a person next to the ocean getting lashed by fierce waves, and yet another depicts an uprooted tree. 2212GMT: In amidst…


Be safe out there folks.

Summary via | Huffington Post