Why the Frankenstorm is no laughing matter

NOAA - Hurricane Sandy

Red Cross societies in several Caribbean countries are now assessing damage caused by deadly Hurricane Sandy that swept through the region over the past couple of days and is now making its way towards the U.S. East Coast. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has sent delegates to Jamaica, Cuba, the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic to help with recovery efforts.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Sandy is churning in the Atlantic and is expected to make landfall early next week along the American East Coast. Forecasters are warning that when the hurricane merges with another weather system, it could result in something akin to the perfect storm, dubbed a ‘Frankenstorm’.

The American Red Cross is urging people who are in the path of the large storm along the Eastern Seaboard to take steps to prepare, including downloading its Hurricane App for smartphones. The Red Cross’ Digital Operations Center will be monitoring social media activity and using tools such as Twitter and Facebook to offer advice to people during the storm.

The storm could also impact parts of Canada next week so we’re also encouraging people be ready for severe weather just in time for Halloween.

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