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Maximum sustained winds of Sandy increase to 90 mph

Posted on 10-29 at 14:55:41 CST

[As released by the U.S. National Hurricane Center]

Issued at: 10:39 AM EDT 10/29/12 (gateway).

Sandy forecast to turn northwestward soon, expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and coastal hurricane winds plus heavy appalachian snows,

Summary of 1100 am edt, 1500 utc, information ----------------------------------------------- location, 37.5n 71.5w about 205 mi, 330 km se of atlantic city New Jersey about 260 mi, 415 km sse of New York city maximum sustained winds, 90 mph, 150 km/h present movement, nnw or 330 degrees at 18 mph, 30 km/h minimum central pressure, 943 mb, 27.85 inches

Watches and warnings -------------------- changes with this advisory,

The bermuda weather service has discontinued the tropical storm warning for bermuda.

Summary of watches and warnings in effect,

A tropical storm warning is in effect for, north of surf city to duck North Carolina pamlico and albemarle sounds

In addition, hurricane-force winds are expected along portions of the coast between chincoteague Virginia and chatham Massachusetts. This includes the tidal potomac from cobb island to smith point, the middle and upper chesapeake bay, Delaware bay, and the coasts of the northern delmarva peninsula, New Jersey, the New York city area, long island, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

Tropical-storm-force winds are expected north of chatham to merrimack river Massachusetts, the lower chesapeake bay, and south of chincoteague to duck North Carolina, the northern endpoint of the tropical storm warning.

Other coastal and inland watches and warnings are in effect for these areas. Please see statements from local national weather service forecast offices.

For storm information specific to your area in the united states, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local national weather service forecast office. For storm information specific to your area outside the united states, please monitor products issued by your national meteorological service.

Discussion and 48-hour outlook ------------------------------ at 1100 am edt, 1500 utc, the center of hurricane sandy was located near latitude 37.5 north, longitude 71.5 west. Sandy is moving toward the north-northwest near 18 mph, 30 km/h. A turn toward the northwest is expected soon, followed by a turn toward the west-northwest tonight. On the forecast track, the center of sandy is expected to make landfall along or just south of the southern New Jersey coast this evening or tonight.

Reports from an air force hurricane hunter aircraft indicate that the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 90 mph, 150 km/h, with higher gusts. Sandy is expected to transition into a frontal or wintertime low pressure system prior to landfall. However, this transition will not be accompanied by a weakening of the system, and, in fact, a little strengthening is possible during this process. Sandy is expected to weaken after moving inland.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles, 280 km, mainly southwest of the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 485 miles, 780 km. Sustained winds to tropical storm force are occurring from long island southward along the coasts of New Jersey, Delaware, and eastern Virginia, and extend as far inland as the central and southern chesapeake bay and delaware bay. A weatherflow report indicates a sustained wind of 53 mph, 85 km/h, with a gust to 63 mph, 102 km/h, has recently occurred on long island at eatons neck New York.

The estimated minimum central pressure recently reported by reconnaissance aircraft was 943 mb, 27.85 inches.

Hazards affecting land ---------------------- wind, tropical storm conditions, or gale-force winds, are already occurring over portions of the mid-atlantic states from north carolina n