October 26th, 2012
08:24 PM ET

Eastern United States braces for Hurricane Sandy

Editor's note: U.S. forecasters are warning New England and mid-Atlantic states to be ready for Hurricane Sandy next week, saying a combination of weather conditions threaten to help the storm be a disaster for them. The storm lashed the northwestern Bahamas on Friday morning after leaving at least 21 dead this week in Haiti, Jamaica and Cuba.

[Updated at 8:15 a.m. ET] Sandy restrengthened to hurricane status Saturday morning after having weakened overnight. It is a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 75 mph. Meanwhile, North Carolina declared a state of emergency in 40 counties.


[Updated at 8:23 p.m. ET] Hurricane Sandy slogged northward Friday night at a 7 mph rate, heading further from the Caribbean and getting closer to menacing the U.S. East Coast.

With sustained winds of 75 mph - as was the case for Friday - the storm was centered 75 miles north of Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas and 400 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, around 8 p.m., the National Hurricane Center reported.

Tropical storm warnings extend from Jupiter inlet in Florida north to North Carolina's Outer Banks.

For the latest, check out this report.

[Updated at 5:21 p.m. ET] Sandy continued to chug northward Friday afternoon, maintaining its intensity as forecasters extended tropical storm warnings through more of Florida.

According to the National Hurricane Center's 5 p.m. update, a tropical storm warning - meaning conditions of intense rain and winds in excess of 39 mph are expected - now extends north up Florida's east coast from Deerfield Beach and further along the Atlantic coasts of Georgia and South Carolina to Duck, North Carolina.

With sustained winds of 75 mph, Sandy was centered 60 miles north of the Bahamas' Great Abaco Island and 420 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, as of late Friday afternoon.

[Updated at 3:30 p.m. ET] Sandy weakened a little more over the course of the day Friday, with its maximum sustained winds topping out at 75 mph, according to the 2 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center. Still, even if it loses more strength over the coming hours, forecasters warn that it shouldn't be taken lightly.

"Forget about the category with this," said CNN meteorologist Rob Marciano, who warned that trees and power lines will come down and "the coastal flooding situation is going to be huge."

[Updated at 11:33 a.m. ET] A hurricane warning was in effect for Great Abaco and Grand Bahama islands in the Bahamas as Hurricane Sandy made its way northward across the island chain Friday

The storm's maximum sustained winds remained at 80 mph, Category 1 strength, in the National Hurricane Center's 11 a.m. ET update. Some weakening is expected as the storm makes its way up the U.S. East Coast through the weekend.

[Updated at 9:40 a.m. ET] Hurricane Sandy is hitting the northwestern Bahamas with maximum sustained winds near 80 mph, spinning about 200 miles east of Florida's east coast. Tropical storm conditions are expected in eastern Florida into at least Friday night, and are possible along the coasts of North Carolina and South Carolina on Saturday, the National Hurricane Center said.

Flooding of 1 to 3 feet - if peak storm surges combine with high tide - is possible along Florida's east coast, the center said.

If predictions hold, Sandy could be a "menace to the Northeast" early next week, rolling in over an already elevated tide and increasing its storm surge, the National Weather Service said. It would dump lots of rain and deliver winds strong enough to knock over trees and power lines in a large region. And it would join with a second weather system currently over land to form a monster storm.

[Posted at 1:20 a.m. ET] Hurricane Sandy weakened to a Category 1 storm with winds of 90 mph late Thursday, but the massive system is a wolf in sheep’s skin, carrying heavy rains up the U.S. Atlantic Coast and threatening to merge with another storm system over land to become a “menace to the Northeast,” according to the National Weather Service.

soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Priya Moodley (South Africa)

    Hi America. SInce hearing about the oncoming Hurricane< I have been praying that by some miracle it is diverted in another direction other than land where so many people would suffer. I will continue to pray for you all.
    Be brave and keep your loved ones closest to you at this time. God Bless.
    Priya Moodley (South Africa)

    October 28, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yank

      Thank you very much, Priya.

      October 28, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Janese

      Thank you Priya!!!!

      October 29, 2012 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
    • marth

      Thanks,Priya Moodley

      October 29, 2012 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Rock

      Are you as hot as the "Priya" character in Big Bang Theory? I do love that name

      October 29, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • aaronsanio

      If you have to drive here are some good tips on how to stay safe!

      Heres a great link on some good driving tips on how to stay safe while driving in this storm!


      October 30, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. Reggie

    Why the heck did this one miss Florida?

    October 28, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meh

      Florida sucks...not even the bad weather wants to go there

      October 29, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. Janan23

    Supposedly the electricity for public housing residents will be cut off by 7PM Sunday. This makes no sense and in my opinion is just a power play by the Mayor to penalize those who didn't evacuate and encourage greater cooperation in the future. It's 7:20 right now and not even raining yet! Why inconvenience people so early?
    This is yet another example of the billionaire Bloomberg not caring or understanding about the plight of the poor who live in public housing. No private buildings are threatening it's residents. Elevators being shut down, that's understandable. Sure if it needs to happen for safety reasons fine. But this has nothing to do with safety, if floodwaters start rising someone just needs to flip a switch on a grid somewhere, it takes maybe 10 minutes and that person doesn't have to enter a danger zone to do it. People will be left without access to information from tv's and radio's, subject to food spoilage, even those that did evacuate and hardships like that.
    I hope people in public housing open a class action lawsuit against the city for shutting down their services needlessly. I hope the news stations do follow-up stories after the hurricane and really examine how people in the city were treated.

    October 28, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pale Horse

      I hope people in public housing get a job and contribute like the rest of society

      October 28, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Miro

    To me,the left leaning socialist media are trying to help Obama to play politics with a regular storm...

    October 29, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
    • DM

      There's at least one nut job in every crowd.

      October 29, 2012 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. Steve

    Surely one should be able to bomb the eye of the hurricane?

    October 29, 2012 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan Lehan

      They tried that in the 1960´s,it actually backfired,using chemicals and dry Ice.Todays´ illegitemate Ambulance chasing Lawyers would have had a field day with that. The same one who raised the Sun this morning,is the same one who controls the Storm.

      October 29, 2012 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Meh

      Yes, the universe is in charge of the sun rising

      October 29, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. Cathy Volschenk (South Africa)

    No amount of planning or precaution preparation can be sufficient or to soon in the event of a natural disaster. It is always better to be prepared in advance for such an eventuality. The loss of human life cannot be replaced, those that die leave families, dependants, loved ones and the gap can never ever be filled. It changes the course of one's life forever.

    October 29, 2012 at 5:03 am | Report abuse |
  7. Meh

    Did Justine Bieber just give it to you perhaps?

    October 29, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  8. sean cabrillo

    Using death and tragedy, storms and grieving to score points... How Republican

    October 29, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
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