October 27th, 2012
11:00 PM ET

Hurricane Sandy maintains strength; at least 45 dead in its wake

Editor's note: Sandy regained hurricane strength Saturday, as weather forecasts predict it will turn into a destructive "superstorm" and significantly impact the Eastern Seaboard on Sunday.

[Updated at 11:00 p.m.] Hurricane Sandy maintained its strength, with maximum 75 mph winds, as it churned through the Atlantic Ocean paralleling the U.S. East Coast.

The National Hurricane Center reported in its 11 p.m. advisory that that the storm's eye was 305 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Hurricane force winds, in excess of 74 mph, extend up to 105 miles out from Sandy's center.

Click here to read about what millions along the East Coast are doing before the storm hits, and check out this story to track preparatory steps being taken by officials in numerous states.

[Updated at 8:26 p.m.] Hurricane Sandy continued to chug northward Saturday night, spinning at a 13 mph rate before its expected turn toward the U.S. East Coast.

As of 8 p.m., Sandy had sustained 75 mph winds and was centered about 355 miles east-southeast of Charleston and 330 miles south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, according to the National Hurricane Center. Tropical storm warnings are in effect from the South Santee River in South Carolina to Duck, North Carolina, on the Outer Banks, as well as Bermuda.

[Updated at 5:33 p.m.] The Bermuda Weather Service upgraded a tropical storm watch to a tropical storm warning as Hurricane Sandy churned toward the United States. The Bahamas, meanwhile, discontinued all tropical storm warnings.

[Updated at 2:52 p.m. ET] Hurricane Sandy continued its creep Saturday toward the U.S. East Coast, maintaining its Category 1 strength as officials warned residents to be prepared for strong winds and potentially inundating rains.

[Updated at 3:22 p.m.] In its 2 p.m. advisory, the National Hurricane Center reported that Sandy was heading northeast at 11 mph and was centered about 335 miles southeast of Charleston, South Carolina. Its maximum sustained winds were 75 mph, as they were late Saturday morning.

North and South Carolina are expected to experience tropical storm conditions, with sustained winds in excess of 39 mph,  later Saturday afternoon and evening, according to the forecast. Mid-Atlantic states, including New York, should start feeling the full effects of the storm late Sunday.

[Updated at 11:08 a.m. ET] New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has declared a state of emergency throughout the state as a result of severe weather conditions anticipated from Hurricane Sandy.

[Updated at 10:53 a.m. ET] Twenty-nine Haitians have died in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, civil protection spokesman Joseph Edgard Celestin says. This raises Sandy's death toll in the Caribbean to 45, with another 16 people were reported dead in Cuba, Jamaica, Panama, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

[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.

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  1. saywhat

    A very worrisome development for NJ residents. I hope & pray that Mother Nature spares us or it would be devastating.

    October 27, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @saywhat, I saw where Gov Christie ordered a mandatory evacuation of the Jersey shore. I hope you are safe.

      October 27, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ObamaMAMAlovesherlittleSPORTSascartoonhumansonly

    Imran Khan, the Pakistani cricketer turned politician, has been stopped by US immigration officials and questioned about his views on US drone strikes in his country, party officials have said.

    October 27, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      What an odd choice of username, but what can one expect from the fast unraveling of the liar of cs?
      Tracked again.
      Yahoo's calling.

      October 27, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. TheWeatherlooksnice

    That is what Earth does- it has weather- wanna stop that? ONLY Americans think in such a fashion.

    October 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      We don't have the technology to change the weather ......just the instinct to get out of its way!

      October 27, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Canady-in

    Up here in Canada it gets chilly when the temperature drops. It also gets a little chilly when it is cold outside. Lets hope the cool weather passed us by this winter.

    October 27, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BluJewel

    Why isn't everyone talking about– this strangeand potentially deadly weather??? in relation to the cause (identifiable cause ) of this deadly superstorm... Cause effect relation worth considering and then taking conscious action... there are clean energy solutions... Potential for conscious evolution....

    October 27, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. 1608

    Are you getting for sandy? Good luck to all.

    October 27, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jackie

    May God Bless Us

    October 27, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    @ saywhat, I will be saying a special prayer for you tonite my friend, and for everyone else on the east coast including my daughter. I think she is safely away from the worst of it though. And as to the latest news outta canada, thoughts of @ BOMBO!

    October 28, 2012 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      I hope all my blogging friends are safe thoughout this storm, that includes you saywhat even though we rarely agree. It doesn't have to be a Cat5 hurricane to be deadly. Good luck keeping your daughter safe Chrissy, hurricanes seem to follow Dazzle everywhere she goes. A hurricane needs to hit Washington D.C. though and show all those crummy politicians what Louisiana has to deal with. They need us for our energy and most of the raw materials America uses comes through Louisiana up the Mississippi River. Washington D.C. has a bad habit of not caring about Louisiana when catastrophe strikes. @ Chrissy I finally got that leech out of my house, remember when I told you making him think you are a crazy person that knows where they sleep is an effective strategy? I combined that with showing him that I don't need him, he costs me money every day. It worked, his guilty conscience ate him up until he moved out.

      October 28, 2012 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Sorry, I will have to respectfully disagree that a hurrican needs to hit DC; I have friends there, including our own s kel, that I do not want to see hurt.
      Thoughts to all of our blogging friends for their safety and well-being during this storm.

      October 28, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jackie

    May God help us....

    October 28, 2012 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    Awww @ hamsta, im so glad for you, lol at least your leech HAD a conscience! And still havent heard from my daughter but im sure shes fine, she lives far enough away from the coast so she should be good. @Little mister, youre still confused on the moral?

    October 28, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    @ hamsta, A single speed camera in DC issues more than $6 million in tickets per year. And you thought Washington never got ANYTHING done! lmao

    October 28, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. jay666

    nor hail,nor snow,nor rain will stop me from hiking:)

    October 28, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |