Hurricane Sandy was a powerful hurricane that combined with a frontal system (on October 29–30, 2012), and grew into one of the strongest and largest hurricanes on record. It hit the New Jersey Shore at about 5pm on Monday, October 29, 2012, destroying substantial parts of it. It initially killed at least 11 people, and that tragic casualty toll rose to at least 55. The storm caused more than 2.8 million power outages across the Northeast, and billions of dollars in damage. By Tuesday night, it had crossed to western Pennsylvania.
The Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Corbett declared a State of Emergency Saturday night. Other emergencies have been declared in Maryland, New York, Virginia and Washington D.C., with widespread power outages expected. The New York City subway system began shutting down at 7:00 Sunday night, and the mayor announced that public schools would not open Monday.
Politicians were concerned that Hurricane Sandy may affect early voting in eastern states. On October 28, 2012, Virginia's Republican Governor Robert McDonnell announced that he was requesting the State Board of Elections to expand the number of in-person absentee voting hours between the end of the storm and the election day.
It was dubbed the "Frankenstorm" (a reference to the Mary Shelley novel) after weather forecasters said that a merger between Sandy, a cold front and a jetstream would turn the hurricane into a composite storm of monstrous proportions.
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