John of Virginia, this doesn't look good.
The path of Hurricane Sandy, which is pummeling Cuba, is predicted to collide with a rare set of atmospheric and astronomical conditions and form a "superstorm" that forecasters say could strike along the Eastern Seaboard with ferocity next week.
Call it "Frankenstorm" in honor of Halloween. And like Mary Shelley’s monster, it will be created from disparate elements.
"It's a combination of our most extremes," forecaster Jim Cisco, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s prediction center, told the Los Angeles Times.
The brewing storm, he said, is a "a reversal of fortunes."
"Normally, when a storm comes up the East Coast, you get wintry weather, and it'll be colder [in the North] and the South will be milder. In this case, it’ll be the opposite.”
Sandy will be felt in southeast Florida by Thursday, with strong winds, drenching rain and the likelihood of beach erosion. The storm is predicted to stay over water, but its outer edges will likely be felt up the Carolinas.