After pummeling Cuba's second-largest city, Santiago de Cuba, with 105-mph winds, Hurricane Sandy strengthened rapidly while crossing the warm Caribbean Sea. At least one person was reported dead in Cuba, in addition to three others in Jamaica and Haiti. The storm now poses a threat to the eastern U.S., and could cause flooding, heavy rain, and high winds starting late Thursday. Forecasters said the hardest-hit areas could span anywhere from the coastal Carolinas up to Maine, but New York City and the Boston area were also both potentially in harm's way.
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