Hurricane Sandy continues trek north, officials in affected areas on alert

WASHINGTON (AP/WYMT) - All eyes are on the East Coast as Hurricane Sandy continues run parallel to the coastline on its trek north.

In preparation of the approaching storm, utility companies and local governments in the projected path of Sandy are preparing for severe weather.

As of 8am Friday morning, Sandy was still a category 1 hurricane with winds of 80mph.

The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center has the storm making landfall in southern New Jersey sometime Tuesday morning.

Meteorologists say that path could change, as we are still several days out from a turn that would bring it towards land.

Forecasters are also watching for the possibility that the hurricane or its remnants could merge with a storm system from the west bringing wintry weather to parts of the country and frigid air moving in from Canada.

If the three systems meet, it would likely be on Tuesday of next week and would bring heavy rain and snow to a large chunk of the eastern U.S.

The storm is already being blamed for 21 deaths in Cuba, Haiti and Jamaica.

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