Record Heat, Hurricane Sandy, Halloween Party for Down Syndrome Research

Record heat will be with us this afternoon. A cold front will cross the area late tomorrow morning. Temperatures will fall into the 50s Friday afternoon with rain arriving late in the afternoon. Showers will be with us for Friday night football into Saturday. Expect a much cooler weekend with a few showers east on Sunday. Then the track of Sandy will lock in the colder air with showers and the potential for some snow showers to mix in early next week.

Hurricane Sandy battered Jamaica with 80 mph winds when it hit Wednesday afternoon. The storm downed trees and damaged homes all across the island and about 70 percent of the country was without electricity, according to TV Jamaica. Officials say more than 1,000 people had to go to shelters. Strengthening as it left Jamaica, Sandy made landfall in Cuba overnight as a Category 2 storm with 110 mph winds and torrential rain. The National Hurricane Center says Sandy will travel north over the next few days and parallel the U.S. coast.

A Halloween costume party to benefit Down Syndrome Research, will take place on Friday, Oct. 26. The event starts at 9 p.m. at the Drop Bar, 1393 West 6th St.  The event will also feature prizes for best costumes.

1st place: $1000

2nd place: Cleveland Browns Suite Package for 6

3rd place: $250 Harry Buffalo Gift Card

The cost is $30 per person, $50 per couple. Admission includes an open bar and appetizers from 9-11. Money raised will go to Down Syndrome Research at University Hospitals and Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital.

Julia Tullos, WOIO Assignment Manager