Sandy regains hurricane strength

 Tropical cyclone Sandy has regained hurricane strength as it churns towards the US’s northeast. Governors in states along the US East Coast declared emergencies on Friday, with officials urging residents to stock up on food, water and batteries.

The US Navy ordered all ships in the Norfolk, Virginia area, including a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, out to sea to ride out the approaching storm. Forecasters said Sandy could make US landfall on Monday night or Tuesday.

Sandy battered the Bahamas southeast of Florida on Friday after causing widespread destruction in eastern Cuba a day earlier. Sandy has killed more than 40 people in several Caribbean countries, wrecked homes and knocked down trees and power lines.



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