The central Bahamas have been hit with the violent winds and torrential rains of Hurricane Sandy, after it raged through the Caribbean, killing at least 21.

By late on Thursday, Sandy had slowed to a category-one hurricane with its maximum sustained winds down to 90mph. But forecasters warned it was likely to combine with a winter storm to cause a super storm, dubbed a ‘Frankenstorm’ in the eastern US next week, which would impact the entire Atlantic coast and further inland in Ohio, reports The Guardian

In the Bahamas, buildings were flooded and supplies have been prevented from getting to some islands.

Caroline Turnquest, head of the Red Cross in the Bahamas, said 20 shelters had been opened on the main island of New Providence. “Generally people are realising it is serious,” she said.

Hurricane Sandy was expected to churn through the central and north-west Bahamas late on Thursday and early Friday. It might cause tropical storm conditions along the south-east Florida coast, the Upper Keys and Florida Bay by Friday morning.

With storm conditions projected to hit New Jersey with tropical storm-force winds on Tuesday, there is a 90% chance that most of the US east coast will get steady gale-force winds, flooding, heavy rain and possibly snow from Sunday US forecasts

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