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Hurricane Sandy heads toward East Coast

Right now U.S. Government forecasters are saying there is a 90 percent chance that the East Coast will get pounded, up from 60 percent two days ago.

Sandy is now in the Bahamas after killing 21 people in the Caribbean overnight.

By next week forecasters expect Sandy will mix with a winter storm to create a monster storm in the eastern United States.

They've actually nicknamed it frankenstorm because the peak arrival is expected Tuesday and it will likely stay past Halloween.

Beginning early Sunday meteorologists expect high winds, heavy rain, extreme tides and maybe snow to the west.

Experts predict the hurricane will cause at least $1 billion dollars in damage in the United States.

Many East Coast states are already preparing for the hurricane, they're being warned to stock up on enough food and water for three days.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Florida's East Coast up to Flagler Beach.

The National Hurricane Center says the hurricane is now considered a category one and will maintain that storm status for the next few days.

According to weather.com, a category one has winds ranging from 74 to 95 miles per hour.

Damages are primarily restricted to shrubbery, trees and unanchored mobile homes.

A category one can also cause some coastal road flooding and minor pier damage.

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