The total is greater than the sum of the individual parts.
Louis Uccellini, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Sandy over Cuba

It starts with Sandy a late summer hurricane from the tropics, moving north up the East Coast that is blocked from its normal out-to-sea path by a high-pressure ridge of air centered near Greenland steering it west toward land. Add a wintry cold front moving in from the west and the high tides of a full moon to get a combination weather monster, Frankenstorm, expected to unleash its power over 800 miles, with a possible 12 inches of rain, 2 feet of snow and sustained 40 to 50 mph winds effecting an estimated 60 million people.

On Nov. 1, 1991, The Perfect Storm, an outside-of-the-tropics tropical cyclone that reached hurricane winds of 74 mph, hit the Northeast. It formed when the remnants of Hurricane Grace were absorbed by a low-pressure storm system near Newfoundland and then swirled to the southwest where it lashed New England with high winds, rain and waves. Frankenstorm promises to be worse because it will maintain its hurricane status as it hits land sometime in the next twenty-four hours.

How to prepare:
Stay alert to weather forecasts and listen to local emergency management.
Remove anything outside your home that could cause damage by wind.
Fill your gas tank.
Make sure your flashlights and batteries are in working order.
Charge your phone.
Withdraw cash from the ATM.
Fill your bathtub and extra jugs with water.
If in a high-rise building, stay below the 10th floor and avoid the elevators.
Have an emergency preparedness plan that includes pets.
If you need to evacuate, take important documents and basic necessitates with you.

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