Hurricane Sandy 2012 Death Toll: 'Frankenstorm' Claims 21 Lives In Caribbean [UPDATED]

By Ian Kar on October 26, 2012 11:17 AM EDT

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Much of Northeast America could soon be under a hurricane watch from Hurricane Sandy, and forecasters are warning that it could be bad. (Photo: Creative Commons)

Hurricane Sandy, which is being called "Frankenstorm," could be one of the most devastating storms to hit the East Coast in almost a hundred years.

Unfortunately, it has already claimed 21 lives.

Early Friday, Frankenstorm Hurricane Sandy hit the Bahamas and the Caribbean Islands, and killed 21 people there. Sandy tore up the area, knocking out power and flooding roads.

Sandy has already become the deadliest storm to hit Cuba in years. Frankenstorm Hurricane Sandy killed 11 people in Cuba, mostly from the eastern Santiago and Guantanamo area. According to authorities from Cuba, the storm was the deadliest since category 5 Hurricane Dennis in July 2005, which killed 16 people and caused $2.4 billion in damage.

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Hurricane Sandy also killed 10 people in Haiti and Jamaica. In Haiti, the Frankenstorm flooded many impoverished regions, which made the lives of those in rural Jamaica more difficult.

According to ABC, the storm was horrific, and is only getting worse. "Early Friday, the hurricane's center was about 15 miles (25 kilometers) east-southeast of Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas and 485 miles (780 kilometers) south-southeast of Charleston, S.C. Sand was moving northest at 13 mph (20 kph) with maximum sustained winds near 80 mph (130 kph)." Hurricane Sandy is expected to reach similar miles per hour in the East Coast, which can potentially devastate eastern cities like Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City. New York City in particular is preparing for almost 1 billion dollars in damages.

UPDATE: According to Reuters, the death toll has risen to 31 people, including 16 in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica.

More news on Frankenstorm Hurricane Sandy as it develops.

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