Hurricane Sandy battered Jamaica with 80-mile-an-hour winds when it hit Wednesday afternoon. The storm downed trees and damaged homes all cross the island. 70-percent of the country was without electricity, according to TV Jamaica. Officials say more than a thousand people went to shelters. It strengthened once leaving Jamaica, making landfall in Cuba overnight as a strong category two storm with 110-mile-per-hour winds and torrential rain.
The National Hurricane Center says Sandy will travel north over the next few days, paralleling the U.S. coast. Emergency management officials in Massachusetts are already warning residents in case hurricane sandy becomes a powerful nor'easter.
A powerful nor'easter hit on Halloween weekend last year. The deadly storm dumped record amounts of snow and paralyzed the northeast.