The latest observations from the National Hurricane Center at 8 p.m. EDT shows Hurricane Joaquin, now with sustained winds of 105 mph, and a min. pressure of 954 mb. moving southwest at 7 mph. continuing to gain strength.
A small plane carrying nine people crashed while trying to land in the Bahamas on Sunday, killing all nine occupants, including a prominent Protestant minister and his wife, officials there said.
As the world concentrates on the latest devastation in the US, Sandy has already done some serious damage to other countries, including Haiti and Cuba. Sandy took the lives of 54 people in Haiti and 11 in Cuba.
The Bahamas continues to be pounded by winds of 115 mph from Hurricane Irene as the Category 3 storm makes her way across the islands this morning, while in the U.S. FEMA prepares for a major threat to the eastern seaboard.
A storm driven twister slammed into the stadium in the western town of Mayaguez hours before the CACSO games were due to begin. It tore down a lighting tower, smashing cars and injuring five people delaying the opening ceremonies of the games by a day.
This visible image was taken from NOAA's GOES-13 satellite on Friday, Oct. 26 at 1415 UTC (10:15 a.m. EDT) and shows Hurricane Sandy's huge cloud extent of up to 2,000 miles while centered over the Bahamas, and the line of clouds associated with a powerful cold front approaching the U.S. east coast.