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Sunday Playlist: Historic storms
A Department of Public Works employee hands over a sandbag at a distribution center near RFK Stadium in Washington DC on Saturday.
October 28th, 2012
12:27 AM ET

Sunday Playlist: Historic storms

By Dan Szematowicz, CNN

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(CNN) – As I write this post from Arlington, Virginia, just over the river from Washington, DC,  my neighbors and I are getting ready to experience the storm currently known as Hurricane Sandy.

I say 'currently' because it will soon lose its tropical characteristics as it merges with a cold front coming in from the west.

If that forecast continues to hold, Sandy will become a hybrid system. Many fear that combination will lead to the formation of a "superstorm."

Meteorologists are using words like 'unprecedented,' 'historic,' and 'record-setting' to describe what's about to happen to the US East Coast.

Unfortunately, in the world of weather, those adjectives are rarely used positively.

Click for a storm preparedness checklist

In today's Sunday Playlist, we're looking at some of the great reporting and compelling sounds of other historic, modern US weather events.

  • 'Remembering Andrew' is an amazing radio documentary from public radio station WLRN and the Miami Herald. It was produced earlier this year to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew's devastating landfall in South Florida. At the time, Andrew was the costliest storm in US history. It's a truly rich listening experience filled with voices and tales that will leave you riveted.
  • Surviving the Storm: Voices from Hurricane Katrina is part of NPR's admirable, ongoing commitment to coverage of the Gulf Coast's destruction and revival. It's the story of the men and woman traveling the Gulf Coast to collect Katrina's oral history. Their journeys have uncovered stories of survival, devastation, and recovery.

Be sure to check back next Sunday for a new playlist.

If you're in the path of the storm, be safe, be prepared, and stay with CNN to for the latest information.

-The CNN Radio team

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