Terrifying mutant storm Hurricane Sandy—dubbed the “S’noreastercane” because of its potential to mix snowfall with hurricane weather—hit Cuba Thursday, unleashing 105-mph winds on the city of Santiago de Cuba, killing 11, according to state media. Heavy rains and high winds have already begun in Florida, and forecasters predict that Sandy could reach New England—the area ravaged last year by Hurricane Irene—by early next week. “It’s going to be a high-impact event,” forecaster Bob Oravec said. A hurricane specialist working for private forecaster Weather Underground predicts it could be a “billion-dollar disaster,” due to the storms potential to mix with snow.
‘BILLION-DOLLAR DISASTER’ AFP