(CNN) — Pelting rains, whipping winds, mass evacuations: There is no doubt that Hurricane Sandy, by Sunday, had already made a mammoth impact on the U.S. East Coast.
And it should only get worse.
That’s the consensus view, among forecasters and officials, as the Category 1 storm continued to chug northeastward parallel to the shore. Even with its eye still hundreds of miles away, those on the North Carolina and Virginia coasts felt its wrath Sunday.
But if, as expected, it turns toward the United States later in the day, Sandy will have an even more direct — and potentially calamitous — effect on millions of Americans. Forecasters warn it will likely collide with a cold front from the West to spawn a “superstorm” that could slog along the Eastern Seaboard for days — meaning even more flooding, even more power outages, even more potential danger.