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Everything You Need To Know About "The Frankenstorm"

A massive storm is about to hit the eastern coast of the US, and many are saying it could cause unprecedented damage.

1. Meet Hurricane Sandy

2. Yesterday morning The Wall Street Journal’s Eric Holthaus dubbed Hurricane Sandy a “snor’eastercane”

3. Hurricane Sandy is not only a hybrid of a winter storm and a hurricane, but will be touching land during a full moon when tides are at their highest.

4. Holthaus’ article details what to expect from Hurricane Sandy when it hits early next week


Should the storm make landfall north of New York City, coastal flooding would be minimized but several inches of snowfall could drop on the region. With leaves still on the trees in New York City and Long Island, tree damage and power outages would be increased. If the storm makes landfall south of the five boroughs, that would mean the city is in line for Sandy’s worst effects: storm surge, wind and heavy rains.

5. CBS’ five-day forecast

6. The NOAA coined the nickname Frankenstorm

7. From the NOAA’s press release


THE LION’S SHARE OF GUIDANCE INDICATES THAT THE CIRCULATION ASSOCIATED WITH HURRICANE SANDY WILL PASS CLOSE ENOUGH TO THE AMPLIFYING POLAR TROUGH OVER THE EASTERN UNITED STATES TO BECOME INCORPORATED INTO A HYBRID VORTEX OVER THE MID ATLANTIC AND NORTHEAST NEXT TUESDAY. THE HIGH DEGREE OF BLOCKING FROM EASTERN NORTH AMERICA ACROSS THE ENTIRE ATLANTIC BASIN IS EXPECTED TO ALLOW THIS UNUSUAL MERGER TO TAKE PLACE, AND ONCE THE COMBINED GYRE MATERIALIZES, IT SHOULD SETTLE BACK TOWARD THE INTERIOR NORTHEAST THROUGH HALLOWEEN, INVITING PERHAPS A GHOULISH NICKNAME FOR THE CYCLONE ALONG THE LINES OF “FRANKENSTORM”, AN ALLUSION TO MARY SHELLEY’S GOTHIC CREATURE OF SYNTHESIZED ELEMENTS.

8. And then of course, the internet responded in typical internet fashion

(Al Frankenstorm, get it?)

I hope @WSJWeather goes as a #Frankenstorm for Halloween. He described #Sandy as "a Frankenstein of weather badness."

— Rubina Madan Fillion (@rubinafillion)

I hope @WSJWeather goes as a #Frankenstorm for Halloween. He described #Sandy as “a Frankenstein of weather badness.”— Rubina Madan Fillion

The weather people are calling the hurricane coming our way "Frankenstorm"

— Hanna Marr (@HannaMarr)

The weather people are calling the hurricane coming our way “Frankenstorm”— Hanna Marr

I’m scared of this “Frankenstorm” heading our way… a combination of snowstorm and hurricane doesn’t sound very nice.

— Wei Cheng (@weisome)

I’m scared of this “Frankenstorm” heading our way… a combination of snowstorm and hurricane doesn’t sound very nice.— Wei Cheng

If this frankenstorm ruins my stomach baring costume options I will be one unhappy fully clothed girl... #itsnothalloweenifimnotnaked

— sarah curtin (@sarahndipitydoo)

If this frankenstorm ruins my stomach baring costume options I will be one unhappy fully clothed girl… #itsnothalloweenifimnotnaked— sarah curtin

Frankenstorm is coming for Halloween

— Ron Perez (@RonDPerez)

Frankenstorm is coming for Halloween— Ron Perez

19. We’ll be covering any and all developments over the weekend with our Frankenstorm tag

#Frankenstorm

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Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
 
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