Hurricane Sandy, a.k.a. "Frankenstorm," is already wreaking havoc on the East Coast, bringing intense winds and driving rain, flooding neighborhoods, and causing hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate their homes.
The TV networks are tripping over themselves to keep you informed of Sandy's every movement, but if you prefer to turn to original sources to get your information, you've got lots of options on the Internet and through social media.
The first stop for people with friends and family on the East Coast should be Google's Crisis Map. It will give you a good idea of the storm's trajectory and you can choose what information you'd like the map to display by checking and unchecking boxes in the "Layers list" on the right side of the map. For example, users who may be hit by the storm can use the map to find nearby shelters or figure out if the storm is headed their way; those of us who do not live in Sandy's projected path can watch the storm via the live webcams.
The data on the map come from a variety of sources, including the National Weather Service, Weather.com, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center and the Florida Division of Emergency Management.