Hurricane Sandy Update: ‘Frankenstorm’ Could Leave 10 Million Without Power

By Amir Khan on October 28, 2012 3:26 PM EDT

Hurricane Sandy is drawing closer to the East Coast, and experts warn that the Frankenstorm could leave up to 10 million people without power for days. Hurricane Sandy has winds gusting at 75 miles per hour, and could knock down trees and power lines, leaving many people in the dark.

"The most heavily impacted areas are going to be up through the mid-Atlantic, Delaware, into southeastern Maryland and southeastern Pennsylvania and into New Jersey," Seth Guikema, a researcher at Johns Hopkins University who developed a model to track the storm, told LiveScience.

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Hurricane Sandy is currently moving at 14 miles per hour, and is likely to make landfall near New Jersey. The current forecast has the center Hurricane Sandy hitting those areas by Monday night, meaning the East Coast can expect several days of soaking rain and damaging wind.

Con Edison, power company for NYC, said it is preparing for extensive damage to its networks.

"Because of the high winds that may impact on the overhead and then on the underground system there's a possibility that the storm surge floods could harm our equipment," Con-Edison spokesperson Sara Banda told LiveScience.

 Guikema said the best thing for people to do if their electricity goes out is to alert their power company immediately.

"Most utilities don't know for sure until they get the call in," he said.

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