Hurricane Sandy slams Caribbean

Man surveys damage from Hurricane Sandy in Gibara, Cuba, 25 October 2012 (AP photo)

Hurricane Sandy made landfall in the Bahamas today after ripping across eastern Cuba where it downed trees and power lines and even destroyed homes.

The Category 2 hurricane has reportedly killed more than 21 people in the Caribbean.

Residents in the Bahamas formed long lines to stock up on water, canned goods, flashlights and other items, leaving grocery store shelves nearly empty.

Forecasters warn the hurricane could reach the U.S. East Coast where it could mix with a winter storm early next week.


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