MIAMI (AP) — Tras dejar decenas de muertos en el Caribe, Sandy ha alcanzado de nuevo fuerza de huracán con vientos sostenidos de 75 millas por hora, indicaron meteorólogos el sábado por la mañana.

El Centro Nacional de Huracanes, con sede en Miami, informó que un avión cazador de huracanes detectó que Sandy tiene vientos sostenidos lo suficientemente fuertes para llegar a huracán de categoría 1 luego de haberse degradado a tormenta tropical horas antes.

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Sin importar su categoría oficial, se espera que sea una súper tormenta que amenaza todo el litoral oriental de Estados Unidos.

Los meteorólogos dijeron que Sandy es un ciclón masivo con vientos con fuerza de huracán registrados hasta a 160 kilómetros (100 millas) de distancia del vórtice de la tormenta.

Las condiciones de la tormenta tropical se podrían sentir en Carolina del Norte y del Sur para la tarde del sábado.

Sandy había salido el viernes de las Bahamas después de dejar 43 muertos en el Caribe y se dirigió hacia Estados Unidos, donde podría unirse a un sistema invernal para formar una súper tormenta.

Inundó caminos y derribó ramas a su paso por Cat Island y Eleuthera en el archipiélago de las Bahamas, donde las autoridades reportaron la muerte de un británico que dirigía un banco de inversiones.

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    John Hardy, left, and his son, Liam, 13, visit the charred remains of his wife's parents home in the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough of New York, Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. A fire destroyed more than 100 homes in the oceanfront community during Superstorm Sandy.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

  • FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2012 file photo, a burned bicycle lies in the ashes of a burned out home in the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough of New York. More than 50 homes were lost in a fire that swept through the oceanside community during Superstorm Sandy. Some residents of New York City's storm-battered Breezy Point neighborhood say thieves looted their damaged houses over Thanksgiving. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

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    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A swimming pool is cleared of sand in the heavily damaged Rockaway neighborhood on November 27, 2012 in the Queens borough of New York City. The state of New York has said that Superstorm Sandy has cost upwards of $42 billion. This price, for which congressional leaders will make requests for federal disaster aid to help pay, includes $32 billion for repairs and restoration. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • A man walks past destroyed homes on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, New York, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. Officials say New York City's free repair program for storm-damaged homes has fixed up about 50 homes so far, while still just gearing up. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Men shovel out a pool filled with mud on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, New York, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. Governor Andrew Cuomo wants huge electrical transformers hauled to upper floors of commercial buildings and the ability to shutter subways as part of a $9 billion plan to protect New York City from the next superstorm. Cuomo said Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, that government must take preventive measures now to avoid future loss of life and billions more in damage. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • People wait to use a pay phone on Bright Beach Avenue, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. People in the coastal corridor battered by superstorm Sandy took the first cautious steps Wednesday to reclaim routines upended by the disaster, even as rescuers combed neighborhoods strewn with debris and scarred by floods and fire. (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)

  • Commuters cross New York's Brooklyn Bridge, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. The floodwaters that poured into New York's deepest subway tunnels may pose the biggest obstacle to the city's recovery from the worst natural disaster in the transit system's 108-year history. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

  • A line of ticket-buyers wait at the TKTS booth, which sells discount tickets to Broadway shows, in New York's Times Square on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. Most Broadway theaters were reopening Wednesday for regular matinee and evening performances following several days of closures related to superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

  • Workers try to clear boats and debris from the New Jersey Transit Morgan draw bridge Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in South Amboy, N.J., after Monday's storm surge from Sandy pushed boats and cargo containers onto the train tracks. New Jersey Transit's North Jersey Coast Line, which provides train service from the New Jersey shore towns to New York City, may experience prolonged disruption. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

  • This photo provided by Metropolitan Transportation Authority shows people boarding a bus, as partial bus service was restored on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. Mass transit, including buses, was suspended during Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Patrick Cashin)

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    People wait in line to fill containers with fuel at a Shell gas station October 30, 2012 in Edison, New Jersey. Hurricane Sandy which hit New York and New Jersey left much of Bergen County flooded and without power. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Ryan Fitzgerald, Connie Boorer, Debbie Baker-Star

    Ryan Fitzgerald, center, of the Toms River Police Department, helps Connie Boorer, left, get into a bus to head to a shelter while bus driver Debbie Baker-Star, right, carries Boorer's walker as officials helped stranded citizens out of their flooded homes a day after superstorm Sandy rolled through, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Toms River, N.J. Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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    People leave a home on a flooded street October 30, 2012 in Little Ferry, New Jersey. Hurricane Sandy which hit New York and New Jersey left much of Bergen County flooded and without power. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

  • People look across the East River from Brooklyn into lower Manhattan, where some buildings were operating with emergency backup generators, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 in New York. Much of lower Manhattan is without electric power following the impact of superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

  • Houses are surrounded by floodwaters in the wake of superstorm Sandy on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Little Ferry, N.J. Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

  • Homes destroyed by a fire at Breezy Point are shown, in the New York City borough of Queens Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in New York. The fire destroyed between 80 and 100 houses Monday night in the flooded neighborhood. More than 190 firefighters have contained the six-alarm blaze fire, but they are still putting out some pockets of fire. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Sand and debris cover a part of town near the ocean in Atlantic City, N.J., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. Sandy, the storm which was downgraded from a hurricane just before making landfall, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Residents assess damage caused by a fire at Breezy Point, in the New York City borough of Queens Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in New York. The fire destroyed between 80 and 100 houses Monday night in the flooded neighborhood. More than 190 firefighters have contained the six-alarm blaze fire, but they are still putting out some pockets of fire. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Cars are submerged at the entrance to a parking garage in New York's Financial District in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. New York City awakened Tuesday to a flooded subway system, shuttered financial markets and hundreds of thousands of people without power a day after a wall of seawater and high winds slammed into the city, destroying buildings and flooding tunnels. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

  • A parking lot full of yellow cabs is flooded as a result of superstorm Sandy on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 in Hoboken, NJ. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

  • A man uses his mobile phone to photograph a closed and flooded subway station in lower Manhattan, in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. Due to superstorm Sandy, New York City awakened Tuesday to a flooded subway system, shuttered financial markets and hundreds of thousands of people without power a day after a wall of seawater and high winds slammed into the city, destroying buildings and flooding tunnels. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

  • Kim Johnson looks over the destruction near her seaside apartment in Atlantic City, N.J., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Waves driven by superstorm Sandy crash on the beach of Lake Ontario in Toronto on Tuesday morning, Oct. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

  • A man photographs a home damaged during a storm at Breezy Point in the New York City borough of Queens Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. The fire destroyed between 80 and 100 houses Monday night in an area flooded by the superstorm that began sweeping through earlier. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • A boat lies toppled between two flooded houses in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Lindenhurst, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

  • A street sign is partially buried in sand Tuesday morning, Oct. 30, 2012, in Cape May, N.J., after a storm surge from Sandy pushed the Atlantic Ocean over the beach and across Beach Avenue. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

  • A tree worker directs a crane in Toronto on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 lifting parts of a tree felled by superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

  • Large stretches of boardwalk were destroyed by Storm Sandy in Atlantic City, N.J., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Damage caused by a fire at Breezy Point is shown Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in in the New York City borough of Queen. The fire destroyed between 80 and 100 houses Monday night in the flooded neighborhood. More than 190 firefighters have contained the six-alarm blaze fire in the Breezy Point section, but they are still putting out some pockets of fire. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Water reaches the street level of the Battery Park Underpass, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in New York. Sandy arrived along the East Coast and morphed into a huge and problematic system, putting more than 7.5 million homes and businesses in the dark and causing a number of deaths. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)

  • Water reaches the street level of the flooded Battery Park Underpass, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in New York. Superstorm Sandy arrived along the East Coast and morphed into a huge and problematic system, putting more than 7.5 million homes and businesses in the dark and causing a number of deaths. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)

  • Water reaches the street level of the flooded Battery Park Underpass, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in New York. Sandy arrived along the East Coast and morphed into a huge and problematic system, putting more than 7.5 million homes and businesses in the dark and causing a number of deaths. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)

  • Vehicles are submerged on 14th Street near the Consolidated Edison power plant, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain.  (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)

  • A vehicle is submerged on 14th Street near the Consolidated Edison power plant, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Sandy knocked out power to at least 3.1 million people, and New York's main utility said large sections of Manhattan had been plunged into darkness by the storm, with 250,000 customers without power as water pressed into the island from three sides, flooding rail yards, subway tracks, tunnels and roads. (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)

  • This photo provided by Dylan Patrick shows flooding along the Westside Highway near the USS Intrepid as Sandy moves through the area Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 in New York. Much of New York was plunged into darkness Monday by a superstorm that overflowed the city's historic waterfront, flooded the financial district and subway tunnels and cut power to nearly a million people. (AP Photo/Dylan Patrick) MANDATORY CREDIT: DYLAN PATRICK

  • The New York skyline remains dark Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, as seen from the Williamsburg neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. In an attempt to lessen damage from saltwater to the subway system and the electrical network beneath the city's financial district, New York City's main utility cut power to about 6,500 customers in lower Manhattan. But a far wider swath of the city was hit with blackouts caused by flooding and transformer explosions. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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  • Vehicles are submerged during a storm surge near the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Superstorm Sandy zeroed in on New York's waterfront with fierce rain and winds that shuttered most of the nation's largest city Monday, darkened the financial district and left a huge crane hanging off a luxury high-rise. (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)

  • Sea water floods the entrance to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain.  (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)

  • Streets are flooded under the Manhattan Bridge in the Dumbo section of Brooklyn, N.Y., Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

  • A vehicle is submerged on 14th Street near the Consolidated Edison power plant, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Sandy knocked out power to at least 3.1 million people, and New York's main utility said large sections of Manhattan had been plunged into darkness by the storm, with 250,000 customers without power as water pressed into the island from three sides, flooding rail yards, subway tracks, tunnels and roads. (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)

  • Lights from a NYPD police vehicle illuminate a downed tree on 6th Avenue, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain. (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)

  • In this photo provided by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey a surveillance camera captures the PATH station in Hoboken, N.J., as it is flooded shortly before 9:30 p.m. EDT on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain. (AP Photo/Port Authority of New York and New Jersey)

  • FDNY inflatable boats travel along 14th street towards the East River on a rescue mission in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)

  • Mid Atlantic Coast Prepares For Hurricane Sandy

    ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 29: A flooded street is seen at nightfall during rains from Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Sandy made landfall over Southern New Jersey today. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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  • Mid Atlantic Coast Prepares For Hurricane Sandy

    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Police officers and fire fighters guard a scaffolding in the process of collapsing due to Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in New York City. The storm, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

  • Mid Atlantic Coast Prepares For Hurricane Sandy

    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Flooded cars, caused by Hurricane Sandy, are seen on October 29, 2012, in the Financial District of New York, United States. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City will bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

  • Hurricane Sandy Bears Down On U.S. Mid-Atlantic Coastline

    CAPE MAY, NJ - OCTOBER 29: Ocean Avenue is flooded caused by Hurricane Sandy, on October 29, 2012 in Cape May, The New Jersey coastline is feeling the full force of Sandy's heavy winds and record floodwaters. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

  • Hurricane Sandy Bears Down On U.S. Mid-Atlantic Coastline

    BENSALEM, PA - OCTOBER 29: A PennDOT truck slowly rides on the Pennsylvania Turnpike as Hurricane Sandy approaches October 29, 2012 in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter ordered that all city offices be closed Monday and Tuesday due to potential damage from Hurricane Sandy. Public transit will remain shut down as well.(Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

  • Hurricane Sandy Bears Down On U.S. Mid-Atlantic Coastline

    ASBURY PARK, NJ - OCTOBER 29: An Asbury Park police officer patrols the streets during Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The storm, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

El número de las víctimas fatales aumentó a 29 en el empobrecido Haití la noche del viernes, al recibir las autoridades nuevos datos en momentos en que persisten las lluvias.


Joseph Edgard Celestin, vocero de protección civil de Haití, informó que algunas personas murieron al tratar de cruzar ríos crecidos por la tormenta.


Las autoridades de la morgue en el poblado occidental de Grand Goave informaron que un alud de lodo aplastó una casa de madera el jueves, lo que provocó la muerte de Jacqueline Tatille, de 40 años, y sus cuatro hijos de entre 5 y 17 años.


"Si la lluvia continúa, estamos seguros que más gente morirá", dijo el agente Joseph Franck Laporte. "La tierra no puede contener la lluvia".


Sandy tenía categoría 2 cuando pegó el jueves en Cuba, donde causó la muerte de 11 personas en las provincias orientales de Santiago y Guantánamo, además de destruir miles de casas. De acuerdo con las autoridades, la tormenta fue la más mortífera en Cuba desde que el huracán Dennis, con categoría 5, dejó 16 muertos y daños por 2,400 millones de dólares en julio de 2005.


Los medios de comunicación oficiales informaron el viernes que el meteoro causó daños serios en 5,000 casas y dejó sin techo a otras 30,000, al tiempo que hubo perjuicios en cultivos de plátano, café, frijol y azúcar.


En Bahamas, la policía dijo que un hombre de 66 años murió al caer del techo de su casa en Lyford Cay el jueves por la noche cuando trataba de reparar una persiana. Sandy también provocó la muerte de un hombre en Jamaica el miércoles.


"La gente se da cuenta de que es algo serio", dijo Caroline Turnquest, titular de la Cruz Roja en las Bahamas, y agregó que se habilitaron veinte refugios en la isla principal de New Providence.


Las autoridades también informaron de un fallecimiento en Puerto Rico, donde un hombre de más de 50 años fue arrastrado por un río crecido en la sureña ciudad de Juana Díaz.

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  • En Santiago de Cuba algunos residentes tienen que caminar entre los escombros de las viviendas dañadas tras el paso del huracán Sandy.

  • Imagen de la calle de Santigo de Cuba en la que se pueden observar los daños causados por el huracán Sandy.

  • En Santiago de Cuba hay decenas de viviendas dañadas por el paso del huracán Sandy.

  • Extensos daños en centro histórico de Santiago de Cuba tras paso del huracán Sandy.

  • El Parque Céspedes, corazón santiaguero, sufrió fuertes daños por el paso del huracán Sandy.

  • Hombres tratan de separar los restos de maderas y chapas del tendido eléctrico tras el paso del huracán Sandy por Gibara, Cuba, el jueves 25 de octubre de 2012.

  • La costanera y una calle aparecen dañadas tras el paso del huracán Sandy por Gibara, Cuba, el jueves 25 de agosto de 2012.

  • Residentes inspeccionan los daños causados por el paso del huracán en Gibara, Cuba, el jueves 25 de octubre de 2012.

  • El huracán Sandy, con sus ráfagas de hasta 165 kilómetros por hora, atravesó el oriente de Cuba, donde hubo lluvias torrenciales e inundaciones

  • Las provincias cubanas más afectadas fueron Holguín, Santiago, Granma y las Tunas.

El sábado por la mañana, el centro del huracán estaba a unos 250 kilómetros (155 millas) al norte de la isla Great Abaco en las Bahamas, y a 565 kilómetros (350 millas) al sur-sureste de la ciudad estadounidense de Charleston en el estado de Carolina del Sur. Sus vientos máximos sostenidos estaban por debajo de 110 kilómetros (70 millas) por hora.


Ante el pronóstico de que Sandy azote la costa estadounidense del Atlántico el martes en la madrugada, la Administración Nacional para el Océano y la Atmósfera advirtió que el meteoro podría unirse con otros dos sistemas y convertirse en una monstruosa tormenta híbrida.


Una nueva alerta de tormenta tropical se emitió el viernes temprano para una sección de la costa este de Estados Unidos, desde Savannah, Georgia, hasta el litoral de Carolina del Norte.


En República Dominicana, más de 18,100 personas permanecían el viernes evacuadas por las inundaciones provocadas por Sandy, que destruyó varios puentes y dejó 130 comunidades incomunicadas.


La oficina de meteorología explicó que los fuertes aguaceros y ráfagas de viento asociadas con el fenómeno atmosférico continuarán hasta el sábado.


El desbordamiento del río Ocoa, 90 kilómetros (55 millas) al oeste de Santo Domingo, destruyó un puente de la carretera que comunica a la capital con toda la región suroeste del país y el principal punto fronterizo con Haití, detalló el jueves el ministerio de Obras Públicas.


Juan Manuel Méndez, director del Centro de Operaciones de Emergencias, reportó que 3,500 viviendas están anegadas en diferentes zonas del centro y suroeste del país, mientras que siete quedaron completamente destruidas.


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Los periodistas de Associated Press Dánica Coto en San Juan; Trenton Daniel en Puerto Príncipe y Pierre-Richard Luxama en Grand Goave, Haití; Seth Borenstein en Washington y Anne-Marie García en La Habana contribuyeron a este informe.