2013 Atlantic hurricane season forecast to be ‘above normal,’ ‘possibly extremely active’

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Forecasters said Wednesday that the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season is likely to be “above normal and possibly extremely active,” predicting three to six major hurricanes this season.

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100 days after Hurricane Sandy, the Jersey Shore slowly recovers

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LEFT: The Atlantic Ocean has breached the Ocean County barrier island in three places in the borough of Mantoloking, and created a new inlet at the base of the Mantoloking Bridge. RIGHT: This is what the Mantoloking Bridge looks like 100 days later.

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Panoramic view of Breezy Point destruction after Hurricane Sandy fire and flood

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More than 100 homes in Breezy Point lie in ruin following a blaze during Hurricane Sandy.

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Water surges into lower Manhattan as superstorm Sandy blasts through

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Storm water flooded parts of lower Manhattan on Monday night, pouring into the Brooklyn-Battery and Queens Midtown tunnels, bursting into a subway station and even cascading into the construction site at Ground Zero. 

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Fake Sandy storm photos fool some, amuse others

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Earlier Monday, as Sandy bore down on the East Coast, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom told Poynter.org via a spokeswoman, “There are now 10 pictures per second being posted with the hashtag #sandy — most are images of people prepping for the storm and images of scenes outdoors.”

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Superstorm Sandy plows into Jersey shore

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Hurricane Sandy began breaking up as it hit the New Jersey shore Monday evening on what’s expected to be a destructive path across the Northeast, plunging hundreds of thousands into darkness, flooding beach towns and crippling transportation across a huge swath of the Eastern U.S.

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Sandy swamps Atlantic towns, cuts power to 700,000

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Hurricane Sandy churned its destructive path toward the Northeast on Monday, flooding beach towns and tearing up beaches, piers and boardwalks ahead of its expected landfall in New Jersey.

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The stay-behinds: Residents tell why they ignored mandatory evacuation edict

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While large swathes of New York City were under mandatory evacuation orders Monday – a fact that police cars and vans with speakers loudly blared throughout the morning – many residents elected to defy the edict and hunker down in their homes.

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Crane dangles from apartment tower as storm approaches

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Sandy flooding begins, ‘only going to get worse’

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Hurricane Sandy strengthened yet again Monday as it churned on a path toward the Northeast, flooding coastal areas and tearing up beaches, piers and boardwalks hours ahead of its expected landfall in New Jersey.

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Hurricane Sandy, by the numbers

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Hurricane Sandy strengthened Monday as it bore down on the East Coast, shutting down public transportation and leading to the first weather-related closure of U.S. stock market in 27 years.

Forecasters say the massive storm has the potential to be one of the most damaging ever to hit the United States.

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'History-making' Sandy may bring 11-foot wall of water to East Coast

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Hurricane Sandy strengthened overnight off the mid-Atlantic coast and was expected to bring a “life-threatening storm surge” that forecasters warned could hit New York City with a wall of water up to 11 feet high.

Maximum sustained winds of about 85 miles per hour were recorded 385 miles southeast of New York City early Monday.

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Hundreds of thousands ordered to evacuate as Sandy nears

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Giant Hurricane Sandy lumbered toward the East Coast on Sunday, leaving potentially tens of millions of residents with only hours to prepare for its onslaught of punishing wind, torrential rains and, at higher elevations, heavy, wet snow.

Signaling the growing concern over what forecasters predict will be an historic storm, state and local officials, including New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg, issued mandatory evacuation orders for hundreds of thousands of residents in low-lying areas and announced plans to shut down mass transit systems.

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Your images of Hurricane Sandy’s approach

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Hurricane Threat Launches Evacuations

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Massive Hurricane Sandy continued pushing toward the Eastern Seaboard on Saturday as residents scrambled to prepare for torrential rains, high winds, major flooding and power outages possible from the Carolinas to Cape Cod.

Officials ordered evacuations of low-lying coastal regions and set up inland shelters for thousands of people expected to flee the storm’s wrath.

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