East Coasters be warned: something scary is heading your way just in time for Halloween -- and it's not a mob of ghoulishly dressed youngsters ready to drain your candy stocks in less than an hour. In fact, if meteorologists' predictions are correct, you might not have many trick-or-treaters on October 31st at all.
An nasty mix of a hurricane and a winter storm that forecasters are now calling "Frankenstorm" is likely to blast most of the East Coast next week, focusing the worst of its weather mayhem around New York City and New Jersey. The Washington Post Capital Weather Gang reported that a full moon Monday will also lead to higher tides that could strengthen the storm surge as well.
This NOAA satellite image taken Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 shows Category 2 Hurricane Sandy moving northward across eastern Cuba with sustained wind speeds of 110 mph. (Photo: AP/Weather Underground)
Forecasters are now saying there is a 90 percent chance beginning Sunday through Halloween day that the coast could see gale-force winds, heavy rain, flooding and potentially snow.
It has even been compared to the so-called "Perfect Storm" that struck off the coast of New England in 1991, although National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecaster Jim Cisco told the Associated Press the area impacted was less populous and is not truly comparable to what the East Coast could see into next week.
"The Perfect Storm only did $200 million of damage and I'm thinking a billion," said Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the private service Weather Underground. "Yeah, it will be worse."
A large lobster boat and tangled lobster traps are seen wrecked along the shore in Rockport, Mass., Nov. 2, 1991, victims of the high winds and seas that struck the New England coast. (Photo: AP/Jon Chase)
Watch James Franklin from the National Hurricane Center issue the current conditions and forecast:
In the report Franklin said regardless of the track the hurricane takes, it is expected to be a "very large storm" covering a large area.
"It's just going to be a big mess for an awful lot of people in the early part of next week," Franklin said.
One of the factors that will add to the damage is that the storm is expected to hang around. Although it will peak Tuesday, it is not predicted to start leaving the coast until after Halloween, according to Cisco.
The AP stated that meteorologists believe this storm will go down in history.
"We don't have many modern precedents for what the models are suggesting," Cisco said.
Although the coast will get the brunt of the storm, it could reach as far inland as Ohio.
Cubans clear of debris their house, partially demolished by Hurricane Sandy, on October 25. (Photo: Ariel SOLER COSTAFREDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Currently in the Caribbean, the category 2 hurricane has killed a person in Haiti and Jamaica, according to the Washington Post.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.