Hurricane Sandy lashed the Bahamas overnight after leaving 21 people dead in the Caribbean, barreling toward the U.S. Northeast. There it's expected to converge next week, just before Halloween, with an early wintry storm heading in from the west and a blast of Arctic air coming down from Canada just when the moon becomes full, creating a rare "Frankenstorm" with high winds, extreme tides, and a mix of heavy rain and even snow. Damages are expected to exceed $1 billion. Forecasters are saying New York and New Jersey could get the worst of it, with nasty conditions possible as far inland as Ohio. "It's looking like a very serious storm that could be historic," said Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the forecasting service Weather Underground.
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