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.
Tropical Depression Two has lost its battle to become the next Atlantic tropical storm, but it will still increase shower activity across the Caribbean to end the week.
After temperatures briefly climb to typical midsummer levels, another cooldown will roll into the Midwest and expand to the East for the last part of July.
A potent storm system moving out of the Northwest United States will bring an elevated risk of tornadoes to parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan on Thursday.
Severe thunderstorms that blasted areas of Arkansas with damaging winds and heavy rainfall will continue to race through eastern Texas.
Fresh cooler and less humid air will settle over the Washington, D.C., area for Thursday and Friday.
As California continues to be plagued by intense drought conditions, some surfers are reaping what may be one of very few benefits to such a dry season.
A record cold morning: 43 degrees at Alpena and 42 degrees St. Ste. Marie.
10 million people were left homeless by torrential rains over a 12 day period. 90 people were killed by floods in the state of West Bengal.
Atlantic City, NJ (1997)
6.09" of rain from Tropical Storm Danny.