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Pittsburgh International Braces for 'Frankenstorm'

The East Coast braces for Hurricane Sandy, which is expected to hit the Pittsburgh region with strong winds and snowfall at the beginning of next week.

Pittsburgh International Airport is prepared for an East Coast "Frankenstorm" predicted to barrel through the Pittsburgh region next week, an airport official said. 

Airport spokeswoman JoAnn Jenny said Pittsburgh International finalized its 2012-13 snow removal plan at the beginning of October, and is prepared to put the plan into action if an early bout of winter weather strikes the airport. 

The now Category II Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall Thursday in the Bahamas, is expected to arrive in the Pittsburgh region at the beginning of next week, converging with a cold front to bring strong winds and snowfall.

"We do have a snow removal plan that we are ready to put into place," Jenny said. 

No Pittsburgh-area flights have been canceled as a result of the predicted storms. 

Jenny said the airport is also prepared to accept aircraft diverted from airports along the East Coast. 

"During Irene we accepted a number of diverted aircraft," Jenny said. "Right now we're just monitoring the weather service and we'll see if something happens."

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