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Where Is Sandy Now

October 29, 2012 by  

Where Is Sandy Now, Hurricane Sandy, the largest tropical system recorded in the Atlantic, strengthened as it began making the transition to a superstorm that may push a wall of water ashore in the Northeast and lash the East with wind, rain and snow. Drenching rains are soaking the mid-Atlantic states, 3 feet of snow may fall in the Appalachians and an 11.7-foot (3.5- meter) record-breaking storm surge may slosh over Manhattan’s Battery Park if Sandy’s most powerful punch arrives at the same time as the high tide.

“Its circulation is enormous, it’s affecting one way or another the entire eastern third of the country,” said Rob Carolan, a meteorologist at Hometown Forecast Services Inc. in Nashua, New Hampshire. “The storm is the largest tropical storm in the Atlantic.”

Sandy’s winds stretch about 1,100 miles from end to end, according to the National Hurricane Center.

As of 11 a.m. Eastern time, Sandy was 260 miles (418 kilometers) south-southeast of New York City with top winds of 90 miles per hour, up from 85 earlier, the center said in an advisory. It’s moving north-northwest at 18 mph.

The system is expected to begin its turn to the northwest “soon,” the center said. It’s forecast to transition into a more typical wintery storm before it comes ashore, somewhere around Cape May, New Jersey, late today or early tomorrow.

Sandy prompted wind warnings from Ontario and Quebec to northern Georgia, according to the U.S. National Weather Service and Environment Canada. Blizzard and winter storm warnings run along the spine of the Appalachian Mountains from West Virginia to North Carolina. Gale and storm warnings touch all five Great Lakes, according to the U.S. weather service.

“I have never seen a storm this large in regards to wind flow,” Carolan said by telephone. “So many bad things had to come together all at once. It is going to make the ‘Perfect Storm’ look small. It’s remarkable what an impact this is going to have.”

The “Perfect Storm” struck the U.S. East Coast in October 1991. It later became the subject of a book by Sebastian Junger and a movie starring George Clooney.

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