Obama calls on Americans to prepare for Hurricane Sandy

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U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement after a briefing on Hurricane Sandy at FEMA Headquarters on October 28, 2012 in Washington, D.C. [CFP]

As Sandy approaches, the situation along the East Coast is lining up to repeat the "perfect storm" of 1991, which impacted around Halloween of that year. Just like in 1991, Sandy will meet up with cold front coming out of the Northwest and a high pressure system from Greenland, fueling it with enough energy to make it as powerful as, or even worse than the 1991 storm.

Because it is impacting around the time of Halloween, meteorologists have been using the term "Frankenstorm" to describe the havoc Sandy could wreck for the hundreds of millions of people living along the East Coast.

Obama is balancing between his job and the home stretch of his re-election campaign just nine days before the Election Day. He will travel to Florida later Sunday to prepare for a campaign event Monday.

Sandy has pushed both campaigns of Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney to make changes. The Obama campaign canceled Vice President Joe Biden's Saturday rally in coastal Virginia Beach. Some of Obama's planned campaign events in Virginia and Colorado on Monday and Tuesday have also been canceled. Romney also canceled a rally in Virginia and will head to Ohio instead.



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