1. MUTANT WEATHER

    East Coast Preps for ‘Frankenstorm’

    A driver maneuvers his classic American car along a wet road as a wave crashes against the Malecon in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012.  Hurricane Sandy blasted across eastern Cuba on Thursday as a potent Category 2 storm and headed for the Bahamas after causing at least two deaths in the Caribbean. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

    Ramon Espinosa / AP Photo

    Just in time for Halloween, Mother Nature is unleashing a weather monster. Hurricane Sandy has already claimed at least 41 lives in the Caribbean and is barreling toward the U.S., where it could bring a horrifying mix of high winds, heavy rains, extreme tides, and even snow as early as Sunday. At least $1 billion of damage is anticipated as the storm creeps up the East Coast, with officials lining up out-of-state work crews in preparation for expected power outages and destruction, governors declaring states of emergency, and New York City officials considering closing down mass transit ahead of landfall.

     

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