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. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Jewish Pizza – Topped with matza balls, gifilter fish, and a hint of anchovies. I Mitt you.

    October 27, 2012 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Banasy looks so HOT in blue.

    October 27, 2012 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. Guest

    My New Jersey town stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to 10 miles inland. Since my home is 5 miles inland & elevated 84 feet (well above the flood plain) we are prepping for wind and/or loss of services like water or electricity. Fortunately; I belong to 2 historical reenactment groups. I can cook a meal for 50 or more under very primitive conditions, so no matter what happens, I can adapt & overcome.
    Just like last time: we are making sure our gutters are cleared to prevent water damage, & all missile hazards (like lawn furniture) are secured. Tomorrow we will be busy harvesting everything from our garden, & moving all the tender plants inside. We already have bottled water, & we will fill pots & buckets for sanitary purposes from the tap just before the storm. We also have pet carries & a safe place to go further inland if we need to evacuate.
    This is an old drill for us because we have also lived near the ocean in both Florida & Virginia. Plan ahead & stay safe everyone!

    October 27, 2012 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. sparta

    live on panhandle of fla and its 4 20 am and the wind is kicking up out side and its a cold wind

    October 27, 2012 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. Larfuller

    Living on the east coast can certainly be challenging. Been there, done that. Not bashing, but downright scary sometimes

    October 27, 2012 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Every spot on Earth has challenging conditions. The smartest thing everyone can do is just stay off the roads & remain somewhere safe inside until this storm passes.
      We purchased a house on high ground that is not as vulnerable to flooding. If we have a lot of downed trees in the area we might lose power or water for a while. If that happens we know where to buy dry ice, & the gas stove top can be lit with a match. Right before the storm we will fill the bathtub with water to use for sanitation for a few days as a precaution.
      We might be inconvenienced, but we have had less amenities while camping on vacation.

      October 27, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    *** NEWS FLASH ***
    The following post is a fake:
    26. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"
    October 27th, 2012 4:12 am ET

    October 27, 2012 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      ALL of the people who were pizza trolled are fake posts; made by one person.
      I have his name, Jeff Frank, would you like it?
      He shares his first name with you...

      October 27, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. the prophet

    WARNING This storm is unprecedented, Long Island and coastal regions of North East will be hit with devastating losses of properties, New York cities building will pealed of windows siding and some will even collapse due to erosion, flying debris will hit any other objects in their trajectory streets and subways will be flooded cars washed away the Hudson River will rise by 21 feet reversing the water back north called creating a vortex , due to the water erosion taking place Indian Point is vulnerable to be washed away and power plant there may not be designed for this kind a maga-storm.

    October 27, 2012 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
    • john

      And we'd better warn the Italian embassy that anything and everything WILL happen lest they sue some scientists for not warning them properly.

      October 27, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  8. TvNyC

    Good morning. this storm will really start developing tomorrow, I believe the worst part of this storm will hit the far Rockaways. This will be the worst storm ever recorded because it will be a prolonged for more 48 hours. This storm has the potential to strengthen to 100/mph and it has the potential to dump as much as 3 feet of snow in Snowshoe, WV. I think there should be a mandatory evacuation from Toms River, NJ up to Montauk, NY.
    Everyone should be ready and should evacuate towards Maine or far far west. This one will be far worse than Irene because of the projectory path. Obama should be ready to prove us why he should be our president again. This will be a test to our infrastracture. Unfortunately, the bid for the white house wont matter anymore after this storm, as mother nature is more important than the election. Lets all pray this storm does not end up a catastrophe. Take care folks...

    October 27, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Two days from now, Obama will say "Hurricane? I don't think I got that memo".

    October 27, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. Guest

    I am seeing signs that our local towns are taking preemptive steps to limit flooding. They were pumping water from Silver Lake in Belmar, NJ across the road by a 2-3 foot flexible pipe, then through the drains under the boardwalk & into the ocean yesterday. Lowering the water level in preparation for the storm. The addition of fresh water might actually revitalize that lake's ecosystem if Sandy's storm surge does not force salt water in.

    October 27, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. hanbanan

    Trolled or not it made me want pizza.

    October 27, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
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    October 28, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  13. MashaSobaka

    Stay safe over there!

    October 28, 2012 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  14. drphill

    I blame the Bush administration on all of this.

    October 28, 2012 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. stevehc1

    "the prophet" LOL!!!

    October 28, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
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