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UPDATE 6:55 p.m.: Hurricane Sandy is affecting the fight over California's Proposition 30, delaying a hearing over an $11 million donation. Read the details here.

How are you describing the storm? Here's how it would be described in local idioms from around the world.

And while East Coast talk show hosts David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon are going on with the show, Los Angeles's Jimmy Kimmel isn't; here's why.

UPDATE 6:22 p.m.: Former Hermosa Beach woman Claudene Christian, who was a crew member on the tall ship HMS Bounty, was found unconscious after the ship sank thanks to Hurricane Sandy, the Daily Breeze reports.

She was initially missing, along with another crew member, not among the initial 14 crew members rescued by the Coast Guard.

It's believed that Christian was in the water for between 9 and 10 hours. The other missing crew member who didn't make it into lifeboats was the ship's captain.

UPDATE 5:29 p.m.: Southern California Edison is sending 12 four-person crews with support personnel to help with the storm, as well as contract tree trimmers and electrical workers, for a total of about 170 people, according to the company.

UPDATE 4:33 p.m.: Sandy the superstorm has managed to take out a big swath of the Internet, according to TechCrunch: 

Gawker’s fleet of sites, including Gizmodo are down. Also Hurricane Sandy victims? The Huffington Post and BuzzFeed. As you know, New Jersey and New York City is in the storm’s path, and any data centers that are stationed there are surely going to be affected.

UPDATE 4:31 p.m.: Sandy has become "post-tropical" cyclone, according to the National Hurricane Center.

UPDATE 3:59 p.m.: Hurricane Sandy has made landfall, NBC News reports.

UPDATE 3:56 p.m.: A total of 200 nonstop, direct flights in and out of Los Angeles International Airport have been canceled due to Hurricane Sandy as of this afternoon, from 10 different airlines. That includes 99 arrivals and 101 departures, according to a press release from Los Angeles World Airports. That number doesn’t include connecting flights.

Affected eastern airports include New York/JFK, Newark, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington/Dulles, Baltimore/Washington, Chicago/O’Hare and Cleveland. Flights to and from London have also been affected. However, those airports were still in operation, according to the release.

You can see the status of LAX flights here.

Some airlines have repositioned aircraft at LAX and other Southern California airports to prepare to resume flights as soon as weather conditions permit, according to the release.

There are currently no flight delays or cancelations at L.A./Ontario International Airport due to Hurricane Sandy.

UPDATE 2:37 p.m.: Hurricane Sandy will disrupt some of the New-York-based TV entertainment Southern Californians are used to and sent ripples through the Hollywood film business, the Associated Press reported; 

  • David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon are doing their shows without audiences.
  • Jimmy Kimmel, visiting from his home base in sunny Hollywood, canceled a taping in Brooklyn.
  • "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" are taking the night off.

Meanwhile, each of Broadway's 40 theaters will be dark through Tuesday, and New York City officials said that all film permits for Monday and Tuesday have been revoked because of the hurricane and associated safety precautions.

The storm also forced Focus Features officials to cancel the New York premiere of "Anna Karenina," which was set for Tuesday. A studio spokeswoman said they plan to reschedule.

UPDATE 12 p.m. PT: Official agencies and news organizations have posted live updates and news, photos and videos about Hurricane Sandy as it moves across the Atlantic Coast region.

In addition to the live updated Google Map embedded below, here's a list of some of the key sites for live news and official information:

Official News:

Media Reports:

Live Storm Cams:

In addition, news is coming across Twitter with the hashtag #Sandy. You can share updates and photos with us on Twitter by mentioning @KPCC or adding the hashtag #KPCCSandy, which you can view embedded below.

You can also track Sandy's progress in real-time with Google's crisis map:

#KPCCSandy Instagram photos:

UPDATE 11:08 a.m.: Southern California Edison is sending 12 distribution crews, as well as support personnel, to the East Coast to help with what’s sure to be a massive effort to restore electric power.

LADWP hasn't yet decided whether to send any crews.

Already, tens of thousands of people are in the dark along the Eastern Seaboard as Hurricane Sandy splashes ashore. 

At LAX, more than 129 flights have been canceled, a fraction of the 7,000 plus flights wiped out nationwide.

Some airlines are now parking planes – about 14 in all – at LAX. However,  a spokesman said that’s not an especially high number because there are many closer airports to store aircraft.

UPDATE 9:35 a.m.: Google has posted a live updated map of Hurricane Sandy's current position and forecasted track through the Northeast as the storm intensifies.

Hurricane Sandy continues to grow stronger, living up to what weather forecasters predicted could be a storm of historic size and intensity. Our partner NPR has a live blog with the latest updates on the large storm.

A few days ago, NASA posted footage of the enormous storm from the International Space Station as it moved upwards from the Caribbean, churning in the Atlantic ocean as it strengthened.

Expected to impact millions in the Northeast, Sandy prompted a halt to much of public transportation, said CNN, and a rare day off at the New York Stock Exchange, The New York Times reports.

The National Weather Service's most recent hurricane advisory says Sandy is preparing to move northwest, bringing high winds and storm surge and major flooding


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