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Superstorm Closes in on East Coast, Campaign Events Canceled, New Hanabusa vs. Djou Poll

Aloha and happy Monday morning. Glad we dodged a bullet with this weekend's tsunami scare, but severe weather is causing all sorts of problems for the East Coast.

"FRANKENSTORM'S" SEVERE WEATHER EFFECTS

We're tracking Hurricane Sandy, a storm so nasty that it has been dubbed "Frankenstorm." The powerful hurricane is affecting everything from the stock markets and travel to power. Right now, the center of the storm is on track to come ashore tonight in New Jersey, meaning the worst of the surge could be in the northern part of that state and in New York City and on Long Island. 50 million people could lose power service due to the superstorm. Dan Cooke is tracking its path and effects on Sunrise. You can follow along with our exclusive hurricane tracker on HawaiiNewsNow.com.

STORM CHANGES CAMPAIGN EVENTS

Sandy's timing has scrubbed some key political events, with just over a week left before the presidential election. The President canceled an appearance in Florida and is returning to Washington to oversee the federal government's response to Sandy. Mitt Romney called off events in Virginia and New Hampshire. Two other critical election states affected by the storm: North Carolina and Ohio.

NEW CAMPAIGN 2012 POLL RESULTS

This morning, we'll reveal the results for our poll in the race for the District 1 House Seat, a re-match between incumbent Democrat Colleen Hanabusa and Republican Charles Djou. We'll continue our conversations with the candidates. This morning at 6:30, we'll sit down with Colleen Hanabusa.

WHAT'S TRENDING

San Francisco Giants fans are planning to paint the town orange and black for Halloween. We'll run down what's trending this morning at 6:10.

GOOD TO BE HOME...

Finally, it was the assignment of a lifetime to cover the canonization of Blessed Marianne. What an amazing journey! Thanks for all your positive comments on our reports from Syracuse and Rome. If you missed any, you can check out our special Road to Sainthood section on our website. Looks like we left New York just in time too, to beat the severe weather threat. It's good to be back home!

See you on Sunrise!

Aloha,

Tannya Joaquin

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