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.
Severe weather has started to fire off in the southern and central Plains, bringing the possibility of isolated tornadoes to the region.
A dangerous multiple-day severe weather outbreak will begin this weekend over the South Central states and will include the potential for nighttime tornadoes in parts of Texas and Kansas.
A large storm will form over the eastern half of the nation next week and will bring a swath of unsettled conditions for days.
A slow-moving low pressure system will make residents of the Northwest reach for their raincoats and umbrellas each day through the remainder of the week.
Surviving a flight in the wheel well of a commercial aircraft is possible, but highly unlikely due to subzero temperatures and thinner air than what is found at the peak of Mount Everest.
With a growing demand among young adults to live in more connected, urban communities, it remains unclear if they will make the push toward a more environmentally sustainable future.
Laramie, WY (1983)
16" of snow (12" in 8 hours).
Eastern States (1986)
Heavy, wet snow on I-84 and other parts of the Poconos and Catskills. Snowfall totals included: Tobyhana, PA 24" Hawley, PA 18" Eldred, NY 24" Slide Mountain, NY 19" Lake Wallenpaupack, PA 16" East Stroudsburg, PA 14" East Jewitt, NY 16"
Ft. Lauderdale, FL (1994)
4" of rain.