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Hybrid of Sandy, winter storm threatens East Coast

SETH BORENSTEIN
AP Science Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal forecasters warn that much of the eastern US has a good chance for several sloppy days of weather mayhem early next week. They predict heavy rain or snow, persistent gale-force winds, storm surge and flooding from an unusual hybrid of hurricane and winter storm.

Meteorologists predict that Hurricane Sandy in the Caribbean will collide with an early winter storm from the West and a blast of arctic air from the North, sloshing and parking over the country’s most populous coastal corridor starting Sunday. The worst of it should be early Tuesday, but it could stretch into Halloween on Wednesday and beyond.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warns it will hit around the full moon, increasing the potential for flooding.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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