More deaths in Caribbean as hurricane takes aim on East Coast

More deaths in Caribbean as hurricane takes aim on East Coast

Credit: NOAA/Getty Images

AT SEA - OCTOBER 26: In this handout satellite image provided by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hurricane Sandy churns off the coast of Florida on October 26, 2012 in the Atlantic Ocean. Sandy is expected to head up the East Coast this weekend and make a possible landfall anywhere from North Carolina to New England. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on October 26, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 26 at 5:05 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — A storm that is projected to hit the Atlantic coast of the United States early Tuesday is continuing to cause damage and deaths in the Caribbean.

The number of dead in Haiti from Hurricane Sandy has reached 26, with 14 others dead elsewhere in the region.

Officials at a morgue in western Haiti say if the rain from the storm continues, they will expect to see more deaths. Officials say some died while trying to cross rivers that were swollen by the rain. Others were killed in mudslides.

As Sandy continues on a course toward the United States, forecasters are warning that it could merge with two other systems to become a monster, hybrid storm. They say there will be hundreds of miles of steady, strong and damaging wind and rain for the entire Eastern region for several days.

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208-a-13-(Ed Rappaport, deputy director, National Hurricane Center, in AP interview)-"the southeast coast"-National Hurricane Center Deputy Director Ed Rappaport says Sandy will drive rain and heavy surf along the coast as it heads north before making landfall. (26 Oct 2012)

<<CUT *208 (10/26/12)>> 00:13 "the southeast coast"

207-w-34-(Tony Winton, AP correspsondent, with Ed Rappaport, deputy director, National Hurricane Center)--Hurricane Sandy continues to churn in the Atlantic, where it's causing high surf in Florida and taking aim at the northeast. AP correspondent Tony Winton has more. (26 Oct 2012)

<<CUT *207 (10/26/12)>> 00:34

GRAPHICSBANK: Hurricane Sandy off coast of eastern US and east of Florida (10/26/2012 at 19:40 UTC), GOES satellite photo (26 Oct 2012)

GRAPHICSBANK: Hurricane Sandy off coast of eastern US and east of Florida (10/26/2012 at 19:40 UTC), GOES satellite photo (26 Oct 2012)

APPHOTO PAP108: A woman cleans her home, drenched by the heavy rains from Hurricane Sandy in Gran Goave, Haiti, Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. The hurricane raged through the Bahamas early Friday after leaving 38 people dead across the Caribbean. The death toll was still rising in Haiti, reaching 25 on Friday as word of disasters reached officials and rains continued to fall. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery) (26 Oct 2012)

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