UNDATED (CNN) -- Hurricane Sandy is headed north after slamming into Cuba and killing at least 11 people. Residents along the East Coast are being warned to get ready.
Surf's up on Fort Lauderdale beach where hurricane sandy is making an impact even though the storm is well off shore.
Forecasters expect sandy to hug the eastern coastline as it heads north over the weekend. Benns Balabat of Virginia Beach knows what to do. He says, "I tie my trash cans together and make sure there's nothing loose in the yard that's gonna float away and other than that that's about all we can do, you know. Secure the windows and storm doors, and things like that."
Sand bags are being filled in New Jersey. Margate public works director frank ricciotti says the goal is to keep the water from reaching homes and businesses. He says, "We will be pilling up as much sand as possible along the beachfront. I think water damage is worse than another other type of damage and the hardest thing is to stop water once it starts coming up."
AND HE IS WARNING RESIDENTS TO STOCK UP AND BE PREPARED FOR THE WORST. He says, "If the electric goes out, I think you should have food on hand. I think you should have plenty of water to drink and when I say plenty, I mean at least for a few days. You should have batteries, you should have a transistor radio just so you know what's going on around you."
Hurricane Sandy has been nicknamed "frankenstorm" because forecasters say it could make landfall in new jersey the day before Halloween and run smack into a powerful winter storm moving in from the west.
Some forecasters say Hurricane Sandy could be like the "Perfect Storm" that hit 21 years ago. That was when a nor'easter and Hurricane Grace combined into a one powerful and deadly storm.