Storms, oil, and elections

11/05/2012
Hurricane Sandy was bearing down on the East Coast at presstime last week, disrupting oil supplies, energy demand, and early voting in the last full week before the US presidential election. Although apparently gaining strength, Sandy was still a Category 1 hurricane—the lowest classification—when 260 miles south of New York City with a projected nighttime landfall in New Jersey. But weather forecasters said Sandy likely would collide with an eastbound winter storm that was dumping snow in West Virginia and a cold Arctic air stream blowing in from the north to form a super-storm that could disrupt communities from the Great Lakes to the West Coast. East Coast refineries were shutting down...
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