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Hurricane Sandy, 'Frankenstorm,' threatens East Coast

Hurricane Sandy: Autumn leaves could vanish early as an unusual mix of hurricane and winter storm bears down on New York City and New Jersey.

By Seth BorensteinAssociated Press / October 25, 2012

Waves, brought by Hurricane Sandy, crash on a house in the Caribbean Terrace neighborhood in eastern Kingston, Jamaica, Oct. 24. Hurricane Sandy pounded Jamaica with heavy rain as it headed for landfall near the country's most populous city on a track that would carry it across the Caribbean island to Cuba, and a possible threat to Florida.

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WASHINGTON

Government forecasters say a big storm that they are calling "Frankenstorm" is likely to blast most of the U.S. East Coast next week.

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The storm is an unusual mix of a hurricane and a winter storm. The worst of it could be focused around New York City and New Jersey.

Forecasters on Thursday said there's a 90 percent chance that the East will get steady gale-force winds, flooding, heavy rain and maybe snow starting Sunday and stretching past Wednesday.

The hurricane part of the storm is likely to come ashore somewhere in New Jersey on Tuesday morning.

Forecaster Jim Cisco said the storm is so massive that the effects will be felt along the entire coast from Florida to Maine and inland to Ohio.

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