While the largest population centers in Sandy's path are still many miles away, the storm has already begun impacting people, with the northern Caribbean being the first to experience Sandy's wrath.
Much of the devastation in the Caribbean has been the result of heavy rainfall and flooding, with streets turning into rivers in parts of the region.
While the storm made direct landfall in both Jamaica and Cuba, the largest loss of life occurred in Haiti, where 27 people have reportedly lost their lives according to the Associated Press, which is more than half the total loss of life associated with the storm.
Many of the people in Haiti who lost their homes in the 2010 earthquake are still living in "temporary" shelters, which make them more susceptible to storm impacts than those in permanent structures.
Eleven people were reported dead in Cuba, while four deaths were reported elsewhere in the region, bringing Sandy's death toll to 41.
Other impacts across the region feature massive property damage and utility outages. The AP reported that almost 70 percent of Jamaica lost power as a result of the storm. Crops across the region have received serious damage. In some of Jamaica's parishes, the banana crop could have been completely wiped out.
Luckily for the region, a lull in the weather will follow Sandy, with only one more day of spotty showers and thunderstorms expected for Hispaniola and Puerto Rico. Mostly dry weather elsewhere should aid in recovery efforts.
The wet weather pattern will continue across the Seattle area through the first part of the weekend before drier weather moves in for the new week.
While blustery winds will howl on Christmas Day, Harrisburg will continue to escape more typical winter cold until next week.
While blustery winds will usher in colder air on Christmas Day, milder air will then quickly return to Pittsburgh on Friday.
After a blustery and cold weather pattern earlier in the week, temperatures will rebound across the Detroit area and winds will die down for the weekend.
After a blustery, cold weather pattern earlier in the week, temperatures will rebound and winds will die down for the weekend.
While blustery winds will howl on Christmas Day, Boston will continue to escape more typical winter cold until next week.
Texarkana, TX (2000)
Ice storm shut down the area. Complete power failure in the city.
The Northeast (2002)
First snowstorm to affect the region on Christmas day, since 1978. 30 inches fell in Cooperdtown NY, 21" fell in Tobyhanna, PA and 19.5 inches fell in Albany NY.
Trenton, NJ (1776)
Washington crossed ice clogged Delaware, marched on Trenton in driving sleet/snow- storm. 24" had fallen in Virginia, but heavy snow belt veered seaward. British surprised, captured - all recrossed river.