Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 29, 2012
See the latest updates on Sandy as the storm churns to the north along the East Coast.
October 29, 2012 5:00 p.m. - The National Hurricane Center's latest advisory on Hurricane Sandy says the storm is maintaining its strength, with maximum winds of 90 mph, with hurricane-force winds extending 175 miles from the storms center. Tropical-storm- force winds extend 485 mile from the center.
The center of the storm is located about 30 miles ESE of Cape May, NJ and is moving quickly to the New Jersey shore. It will likely may landfall sometime this evening.
This storm has the lowest recorded central pressure EVER for New Jersey.
This storm has also recorded the lowest central pressure (940 millibars) north of Cape Hatteras, NC.
October 29, 2012 11:00 a.m. - The National Hurricane Center's latest advisory on Hurricane Sandy says the storms has strengthened. It now has maximum sustained winds of 90 mph, moving to the NNW at 18 mph.
The storm is still on track to make landfall along the New Jersey coast some time Monday night through Tuesday morning.
It is forecast to continue strengthening as it traverses the gulf stream and moves through more favorable atmospheric weather conditions. Signs of the strengthening are already present, with persistent deep convection around its center.
Sandy is expected to transition from a hurricane to a wintertime storm over the next day or so, but this transition will not weaken the storm, it may actually be the largest driver to strengthen the storm.
October 28, 11:00 a.m. - The National Hurricane Center's latest advisory on Hurricane Sandy says the storm is forecast to bring a life-threatening storm surge to the Mid-Atlantic coast, including the Long Island Sound and New York Harbor.
The storm itself has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and is moving NE at 14 mph. Hurricane force winds extend up to 175 miles from the center of the storm. Tropical-storm-force-winds extend up to 520 miles from the center of the storm.
The storm is forecast to make landfall sometime between Monday evening and Tuesday morning. At this time, the storm will be transitioning from a hurricane to a wintertime low pressure system, but is not expected to lose any strength during this transition.
October 27, 11:00 a.m. - National Hurricane Center's latest advisory on Hurricane Sandy says the storm is shifting slightly away from the Bahamas and the Florida coast.
The storms has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph moving to the NNE at 9 mph.
Impacts of the storm are already being felt across parts of the United States. Tropical storm force winds, winds that measure in speed from 39 mph to 74 mph, have been measured along the North Carolina coast.
The storm itself is expected to speed up in the coming days as it heads north along the US coast with little overall change in the storm's strength.