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Why CNN Banned Use of the Term 'Frankenstorm' LA Times

CNN has banned the use of the term "Frankenstorm" to refer to Hurricane Sandy, reports the Los Angeles Times' ShowTracker.

CNN meteorologist Rob Marciano said in a tweet Friday, "The name 'Frankenstorm' has been coined by some meteorologists and media. We are refraining due [to] the severity of the storm."

The storm caused a number of deaths as it hit the Caribbean late last week en route to the United States. It was expected to cause extensive damage in the Northeast as it travels northward with high winds and rain toward some of the country's most populated areas.

Sandy, expected to make landfall today, is being projected as the largest storm ever to hit the East Coast of the U.S. The term “Frankenstorm” surfaced because the storm combines a number of weather elements to create a “perfect storm” scenario -- including a late summer hurricane, a high pressure ridge around Greenland to steer it west toward land, and an early winter cold front moving in from the west.