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10/26/2012 03:23 pm ET | Updated Oct 29, 2012

Sandy From Space: 2012 Hurricane Seen From ISS As 'Frankenstorm' Looms (VIDEO, UPDATED)

The International Space Station flew above Hurricane Sandy on Thursday, capturing some dramatic images of the storm as it moved northward toward Great Exuma Island, the Bahamas.

According to NASA, the storm achieved 105-mph sustained winds Thursday, making it a Category 2 hurricane at the time. Sandy raged through the Bahamas early Friday morning, and would kill dozens of people across the Caribbean, the Associated Press reported.

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Update: Oct. 29, 10:25 a.m. -- Hurricane Sandy bore down on the Eastern seaboard Monday, forcing mandatory evacuations, mass transit shutdowns and public school closings from Washington, D.C. to Boston, Mass.

Federal offices in the Washington area were closed Monday, with the exception of emergency personnel. President Barack Obama signed emergency declarations for six states ahead of the storm's arrival.

As of Monday, at least 7,500 flights were cancelled due to the storm, stranding domestic and international travelers and causing delays as far away as Europe and Asia.

While several models of the 900-mile megastorm's path exist, Sandy is projected to make landfall late Monday night in the vicinity of Atlantic City, N.J.

The Christian Science Monitor reports that flooding in the Atlantic City area began early Monday with the arrival of high tide.

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NSN reports competing models for the storm's path. A European model has Sandy turning inland on the United States' central Atlantic coast, into Delaware Bay, whereas the American GFS model predicts the storm would turn inland further north.

Preparing for the latter model, Vermont Emergency Management officials warned people to brace for the storm's impact. The state is still recovering from damage caused by 2011's Tropical Storm Irene, the most significant natural disaster to hit the state in almost a century.

Some sources predict that Sandy could become boxed in by jet stream winds in the Northeast, creating a hurricane-winter storm hybrid, or "Frankenstorm."

For news and updates on Sandy's progress, check out live blog coverage on The Huffington Post.

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11/04/2012 12:26 AM EDT

PHOTO: A Marathon Wedding Proposal, Minus The Marathon

HuffPost's Katie Bindley reports:

Like all the competitors who trained for the 2012 NYC Marathon, Hannah Vahaba will not be running the race this year. But she also will never forget her moment at the finish line. After traveling in from Atlanta, Vahaba picked up a marriage proposal in Central Park on Saturday without having to traverse the 26.2-mile course.

"This is my fiance," said Vahaba, 31, who had tears running down her face as she stood in Central Park where the race would have ended, just moments after Martin O'Donoghue had proposed.

marriage proposal cancelled nyc marathon

Photo by Damon Scheleur

Read the full story here.

11/04/2012 12:25 AM EDT

Check Donation Lists

Be sure to check donation lists to see what items are needed. For example, at one Staten Island donation center, there is a critical need for batteries batteries batteries, candles, matches, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, pet food, baby supplies, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner. Clothing isn't needed as much at that center.

-Catharine Smith, HuffPost

11/03/2012 10:42 PM EDT

Brooklyn Regions Still Lack Electricity, Heat and Water Days After Storm

HuffPost's Tim Stenovec reports:

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which killed at least 48 people in New York when it battered the Northeast last week, frustrated residents in this corner of South Brooklyn are coping without electricity, heat and running water.

Read the full story here.

11/03/2012 10:18 PM EDT

On Long Island, Cuomo demands Accountability from Utilities

Huntington Patch reports:

At a massive food distribution event at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, Cuomo said power has been restored to 60 percent of the New York metropolitan area.

LIPA reported Saturday evening that 460,000 customers remained without power, down from more than 900,000 initially.

"I've warned the utility companies repeatedly they operate under a state charter, essentially," Cuomo said. "The utility companies are not happy with my warning and frankly, I don't care."

"The customers are not happy. The bill payers are not happy and the people without power are not happy," Cuomo said. "People are suffering. It is an issue of safety and if the utilities were not prepared we will hold them accountable."

Read the full story on Huntington Patch.

11/03/2012 9:38 PM EDT

Gasoline Shortage Likely To Last For Several More Days

Even as power returns to parts of the region assailed by Hurricane Sandy, millions of drivers seeking gasoline appear likely to face at least several more days of persistent shortages.

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11/03/2012 8:50 PM EDT

Behind @ConEdison: The 27 Year-Old Preventing Panic, One Tweet At A Time

HuffPost's Bianca Bosker:

On Saturday, 27-year-old Kate Frasca was manning Con Edison’s Twitter account, @ConEdison, responding to customers’ frustrations, questions, praise and criticism at an average clip of one tweet every six minutes.

Read the full story here.

11/03/2012 8:35 PM EDT

Estimate Says 600 Million Gallons Of Water Hit Mass Transit System

@ USACE_HQ :

Roughly 600 M gallons of storm water infiltrated the nation’s busiest and oldest underground mass transit system... http://t.co/5jMXDhRc

11/03/2012 8:15 PM EDT

$12 Million Donated So Far To NYC Mayor's Fund For Recovery

@ MikeBloomberg :

If you would like to donate: visit http://t.co/9w8egqxD So far $12 million has been contributed. 100% of funds go to #Recovery efforts.

11/03/2012 7:52 PM EDT

Don't Touch Downed Power Lines

@ usNWSgov :

Post #Sandy reminders: never touch a downed power line or anything touching one. Washing your hands prevents illness. #NWS #CDC

11/03/2012 7:17 PM EDT

Volunteers Arrive In Staten Island

@ NYCMayorsOffice :

Volunteers Descend on Staten Island Neighborhood http://t.co/9aP3ggJN

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