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Social media helps out as Hurricane Sandy approaches

Published on Oct 29, 2012 7:03 AM
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Travellers from South Korea use their mobile phones after arriving to an empty terminal as flights were cancelled at LaGuardia airport in New York Oct 28, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Locating the nearest emergency shelter or chatting live with forecasters - social networks were abuzz with the latest news, tips and reassurance on Sunday as Americans hunkered down for Hurricane Sandy.

The massive storm, which has already killed at least 66 people in the Caribbean, is expected to pummel large swathes of the US East Coast, leading authorities to order evacuations and halt public transport in some areas.

On Twitter, #Sandy was one of the top trending topics in cities and areas on the predicted pathway of the storm as nervous residents looked for the latest news and posted links to useful websites on how to stay safe.

Google set up an interactive map that tracks the path of the storm, provides real-time precipitation figures in areas already hit by the outer edges of Sandy and locates the user's nearest active emergency shelter.

 
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