As we come on the air, all eyes are on hurricane sandy bearing down on jamaica right now and forcing florida to study the radar. A storm watch already in place. Electrical companies on the east coast... See More
As we come on the air, all eyes are on hurricane sandy bearing down on jamaica right now and forcing florida to study the radar. A storm watch already in place. Electrical companies on the east coast are taking prekauxs and millions of parents will wonder if this means a blustery halloween. What are the chances that this storm will hit the east coast? Sam champion tracking it for us tonight. Reporter: Hurricane sandy is pounding jamaica tonight with punishing 80-mile-an-hour winds and heavy rain. Residents and tourists are hunkering down. After jamaica, the 18th named storm of the season will cut across cuba and the bahamas before expanding in size as it blows towards the south florida coast friday morning. Tonight, there are already tropical storm watches there. But, where sandy goes next is a bit of an october surprise. It was just last october when another storm system dumped more than a foot of snow on halloween. Many kids were forced to trick-or-treat in malls, as their communities struggled with widespread power outages. East coast power companies are already gearing up for sandy. Anoother thing to keep in mind -- conditions this year are similar to october 1991, the year of the "perfect storm," when a hurricane combined with a huge cold weather system, the resulting storm killed 12 people and caused $200 million in damages. An at months fearic bomb. It may happen again later this week. Let me show you this drop in the jetstream here, this very cold air moving down in the middle of the country. If you follow that, a big strong push of cold air, it opens up the jet stream on the east seaboard. Allowing a window for sandy to run near the coast. Okay, sam, show me these models on what the probability it is it will hit the east coast? It's a compelling watch on that eastern seaboard. As of yesterday, most of the models were leaning out to the atlantic. Today, they turned this storm system by the end of the week into the corridor toward new york and boston we watch it. Great to have you with us. Now, we move on to something
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