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[View the story "With Irene and Snowtober In Mind, Millions To Prep For Sandy" on Storify]With Irene and Snowtober In Mind, Millions To Prep For SandyLast year's flooding by Irene and "Snowtober" power outages have people in the Northeast gun-shy for problems from Hurricane Sandy.Storified by Accu Weather · Fri, Oct 26 2012 06:12:43Last year's flooding by Irene and "Snowtober" power outages have people in the Northeast gun-shy for problems from Hurricane Sandy. Though Sandy's impacts are a few days away for the Northeast, people are beginning to prepare for the storm.Depending on the exact track of the storm, there could be a broad corridor of power outages early next week, including the NYC and Boston metro areas. Flooding rains and damaging winds will be major affects from the storm. A storm surge of 5 to 10 feet is possible to the northeast of the storm's center.Batten down the hatches East Coast USA. Here comes Sandy. Water ✔ batteries ✔ pets inside ✔ power surge on the computers ✔ How do U prep?Cindy Ratzlaff Cue the Bread and Milk Hustle! #SandyMartha SpencerSandy is coming. Everyone have TP, milk, bread, and water??TammyPhew! after 1.5 hrs finally found portable generator for our new home, Most stores SOLD OUT already. #Frankenstorm is ruining my schedule!The Virtual MarketerCraziness has already started....a friend went to Home Depot to get a generator and they're sold out. Lowe's too.Food next.JenniferOk #sandy, I'm prepped. Water, can goods, generator & wine. Just please let me get through my shopping trip tomorrow and we're good!Frazier Germon@pictureboston karosene lamps, machete, fireman's ax, space heater, and a 5000watt generator....#BringOnTheDrizzle http://pic.twitter.com/RTnXrkh9Kevin Wiles, JrLast year on October 29th- "Snowtober" (although down here it was just a glancing blow.) This October 29th? Hurricane. I love Mother Nature.Ryan Hornehurricane sandy shopping list: milk, bread, toilet paper, Ben and Jerrys, Black Box Shiraz...and I guess bagel bites for the kidsKendra LittletonWhat is it with NJ and Halloween Weather? Last year, Snowtober. This year, Frankenstorm??BarbWired in NJPreparations Begin For Sandy Along the East CoastBrightcove
Storified by Accu Weather · Fri, Oct 26 2012 06:12:43
It was a rather active past few days with tornadoes, flash flooding, and damaging winds targeting many communities.
A tropical wave west of the Cape Verde Islands looks like it could be the next named tropical storm in the Atlantic Basin.
One person is dead, and another remains critically injured after a lightning strike in Southern California.
Relief is on the way for portions of the Plains that are in the grips of the ongoing drought.
A pair of tropical threats will target areas from China and Taiwan to Guam this week.
Predicted algal blooms on Lake Erie this summer not only pose health hazards but also a financial burden to the area.
Southern CA (1991)
Torrid heat: 120 at Borrego Springs; 119 at
Death Valley and Palm Springs.
Big Delta, AK (1992)
A rare tornado touched down; first since 1979
Albuquerque, NM (1997)
A propane truck blew up after being struck by
lightning. 3 people were injured.