Most of Florida was under a tropical storm warning on Friday as a massive hurricane crept menacingly towards the United States’ East Coast.
Hurricane Sandy, a late season Atlantic storm, has already killed at least 31 people on its trail of destruction over the Caribbean and is unlike anything seen in more than two decades.
Forecasters said the storm, with an expanding wind field which is already 890km wide, had begun merging with a polar air mass over the eastern United States.
This could potentially spawn a “hybrid” super storm that could wreak havoc all along the coast.
Watches extend as far as North Carolina while winds and rains generated by Hurricane Sandy had already been felt in South Florida.