Hurricane Sandy is moving toward the central Bahamas after ravaging the Caribbean nations of Cuba, Jamaica and Haiti.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the Category Two storm has winds about 170 kilometers per hour. After the Bahamas, it is expected to head toward the eastern U.S.
The storm ripped roofs off houses and poured heavy rains on Cuba, but caused no reported casualties.
In Jamaica, reports say an elderly Jamaican man died when a boulder rolled into his house. And in Haiti, a woman drowned while trying to cross a flooded river as the storm hit.
Some computer models show Sandy moving up the U.S. east coast into colder waters and turning into a winter-like storm called a "nor'easter," bringing high winds and chilly rain to coastal cities early next week.
Sandy is the 18th named storm of a busy Atlantic hurricane season, which began on June 1 and officially ends November 30.