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. Herkimer Schwartz

    I know a great deal of the people in the north have a tendency to laugh off a threat of a hurricane. People, please pay attention to this one. It appears that it could be very devastating, especially if it combines with the monster cold front coming down. This could end up to be not so bad, but please don't take for granted that it will.

    October 26, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. Emma

    Maybe it won't get too bad. My gramma lives up there. She said it gets pretty chilly sometimes. Especially when it's cold out.

    October 26, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      Does she get hot when its hot outside too?

      October 27, 2012 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Is one of you bulls named Davide or Jeffy?
    Rrrrrrr, they're scary.
    They sho enough lahke to sling dah bs around.

    October 26, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Benn

    Hi Good Banasy and everyone. We hope you are having a happy Friday.

    October 26, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • marth

      lol whats there to be happy about sandy is coming "the superstorm" so happy friday :D! (sarcasim)

      October 29, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. Doug

    I wish my back and right shoulder would quit hurting. Maybe if I post that here it will quit. It hurts really bad today.

    October 26, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Good afternoon @ banasy, herkimer and thelma lou, if in fact tis really you. We are sposed to have our lst snowfall this comming week. YUK! And @ Doug hope your arm and shoulder feel better soon. Pain sucks.

    October 26, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Good afternoon, chrissy.
      Not real TLB; she's not wearing blue.
      Real Herk, though.

      October 26, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Truth

    I am interested in seeing its projected path if/when it makes landfall. If its stretches towards the midwest (michigan, indiana, ohio) it could end up dumping HUGE amounts of snow, especially if the remanents of Sandy are able to pick up some "lake-effect" strength of passing near the great lakes. When its all said and done, the worst effects of the Sandy could be far from the east coast.

    October 26, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Forecasters say no to the snow.
      It's not projected to reach that far.
      Temps for the next week should remain right at the 50 degree mark.

      October 26, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Name s kel

    I finished sandbaggin the beach house. Banasy, Chrissy ill send you pics of the place.

    October 26, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    lol @ banasy, YOURE not wearing blue either. And they ARE predicting snow in michigan. Lovely beach house s kel.

    October 26, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Yeah, chrissy, after they do deletions, the name color changes, lol.
      Thought you knew that.

      October 26, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Sorry Ben, Brad, and Jason. I couldn't help myself. Yaz better delete that before someone Googles it and sees it. 😉

    October 26, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Time for CNN to post thier storm reporters a few feet in the storm surge every 10 miles down the highway, to bring exitement to weather reports in thier little red CNN jackets.
    Safety First – Don't forget to put thier ankle braclets on, to hook the hundred foot logging chain to the satellite trucks so we don't drown them! 🙂

    October 26, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Geannette

    I wish they would get the story straight about the path this storm is taking.

    October 26, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Oh, I love pizza from Geanette's...in Roem.
      I hear they make a great Jewish pizza...I have never heard of Jewish pizza before...

      October 26, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    Like the bull?

    October 26, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Name s kel

    Hey all,just got back from late nite grocery shopping, damnnn those people took a lot of drinking water from the shelfs, lol, I did manage to get four gallons. This storm prep sucks.

    October 27, 2012 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    @ banasy. Theres alot i dont know about the cnn blogs anymore. Especially the willy nilly way they delete posts. By tomorrow ALL of my posts will have been deleted, just as theyve been for the past week or two.

    October 27, 2012 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
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