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1. Preview the vocabulary and read the gapfill text.
2. Play the news report and try to fill in the blanks.
3. Answer the comprehension questions by writing full sentences.
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dateline: 30 October 2012

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Americans Brace For Hurricane Sandy

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • meteorologist: a person who studies and forecasts the weather
  • category 1 hurricane: a storm with winds from 120-152 km/hour
  • hybrid: made up of two elements
  • collide: to crash into something
  • rally: an event where people come together to show support
  • brace: to prepare for something major or powerful
  • catastrophic: terrible; causing much damage

Americans Brace For Hurricane Sandy

Approximately 60 million people were put on alert this weekend as Hurricane Sandy the Eastern Seaboard. Meteorologists expect the category 1 hurricane to collide with a to create a hybrid superstorm. Many communities were evacuated in the north east, including low-lying areas of New York City. Subway service, schools, and even campaign rallies were shut down as Americans braced for catastrophic flooding and high winds. The pre-Halloween hybrid storm has been nicknamed “Frankenstorm”.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Why is Hurricane Sandy expected to develop into a superstorm?
  2. Why does the report mention the presidential campaign?
  3. What is Hurricane Sandy’s nickname, and why has it been dubbed this?

Discussion Question: Many fear that flooding from this hurricane could disable the New York subway system. How would The Big Apple function without its mass transit service?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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