East Coast Braces For 'Frankenstorm' - A Natural Horror Show
A new tropical storm watch was issued early Friday for a section of the U.S. East Coast extending from Savannah, Ga., northward to North Carolina's Outer Banks.
Sandy was expected to remain a hurricane almost until reaching the U.S. shoreline, probably early Tuesday.
In the Bahamas, power was out on Acklins Island and most roads there were flooded, government administrator Berkeley Williams said.
On Ragged Island in the southern Bahamas, the lone school was flooded.
"We have holes in roofs, lost shingles and power lines are down," said Charlene Bain, local Red Cross president. "But nobody lost a life, that's the important thing."
Steven Russell, an emergency management official in Nassau, said docks on the western side of Great Inagua island had been destroyed and the roof of a government building was partially ripped off.
Sooner Halvorson, a 36-year-old hotel owner from Colorado who recently moved to the Bahamas, said she and her husband, Matt, expected to ride out the storm with their two young children, three cats, two dogs and a goat at their Cat Island resort.
"We brought all of our animals inside," she said, though she added that a horse stayed outside. "She's a 40-year-old horse from the island. She's been through tons of hurricanes."
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In an announcement at the end of Cuba's Thursday night newscast, Cuban authorities said the island's 11 dead included a 4-month-old boy who was crushed when his home collapsed and an 84-year-old man in Santiago province.
There were no reports of injuries at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, but there were downed trees and power lines, said Kelly Wirfel, a base spokeswoman. Officials canceled a military tribunal session scheduled for Thursday for the prisoner charged in the 2000 attack on the Navy destroyer USS Cole.
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In Haiti, Joseph Edgard Celestin, a spokesman for the civil protection office, said the country's death toll stood at 16, including some who died while trying to cross storm-swollen rivers in southwestern Haiti. He did not provide specifics of how other people died.
Officials reported flooding across Haiti, where many of the 370,000 people still displaced by the devastating 2010 earthquake scrambled for shelter. More than 1,000 people were evacuated from 11 quake settlements, according to the International Organization for Migration.
Sandy was blamed for the death of an elderly man in Jamaica.
Sandy Impact: Energy/Utilities/Retail/Insurance
- Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
- Target Corp.
- Macy's, Inc.
- Dillard's Inc.
- Gap Inc.
- Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
- Saks Incorporated
- Kohl's Corp.
- American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.
- J. C. Penney Company, Inc.
- Costco Wholesale Corporation
- The Home Depot, Inc.
- Lowe's Companies Inc.
- Whole Foods Market, Inc.
- The Kroger Co
- Safeway Inc.
- United States Natural Gas Fund LP
- United States Oil Fund LP
- Teucrium Crude Oil Fund
- Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund
- Royal Dutch Shell Plc
- Duke Energy
- United States Gasoline Fund LP
- Public Service Enterprise Group
- Utilities Select Sector SPDR Fund
- Consolidated Edison Inc
- FirstEnergy Corp
- Allstate Corp
- The Travelers Companies Inc
- Berkshire Hathaway Inc
- American International Group
- The Chubb Corp