WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal forecasters say when Hurricane Sandy turns in to what some call "Frankenstorm," it will smack the East Coast harder and wider than last year's damaging Irene.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Friday that wherever the storm comes ashore, there will be 10 inches of rain and extreme storm surges. Up to 2 feet of snow should fall on West Virginia, with lighter snow in parts of Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Forecasters expect wind damage, power outages and flooding.
Hurricane Sandy is now near the Bahamas. It's expected to move up the coast and collide with a winter storm moving across the country and frigid air from Canada.
The hurricane is forecast to turn inland around Delaware, but it could still hit as far north as New York.
Utilities and local governments are getting ready and experts predict at least $1 billion in damage.