As long as the power stays on and wi-fi and mobile towers are available people living on the US east coast will be able to keep up to date with the superstorm bearing down on them.

Hurricane Sandy, which has already killed at least 66 people in the Caribbean, is expected to pummel large swathes of the coast, leading authorities to order evacuations and halt public transport in some areas.

#Sandy is one of the top trending topics in cities and areas on the predicted pathway of the storm and Google has set up an interactive map that tracks its path and locates the user’s nearest active emergency shelter.

The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal have taken down their paywalls to enable people to get storm updates for free.

On Facebook a community page set up for the hurricane, which includes graphics illustrating Sandy’s wind speed or ‘threat index’, has already garnered thousands of ‘likes.’

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