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Hurricane Sandy (18L) Impacts USA from Virginia to New England – October 30th, 2012

40.2N 75.5W

October 30th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Tropical Cyclones

Hurricane Sandy (18L) – October 29th, 2012

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Track of Hurricane Sandy (18L) - October 29th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS 18L

As of 11 p.m. EDT October 29 (0300 UTC October 30), Post-tropical Cyclone Sandy (18L) is located within 30 nautical miles of 39.8°N 75.4°W, about 10 mi (15 km) SW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Maximum sustained winds are 65 knots (75 mph, 120 km/h), with stronger gusts. Minimum central pressure is 952 mbar (hPa; 28.11 InHg), and the system is moving northwest at 16 kt (18 mph, 30 km/h).

Just before 8 a.m. on October 29, Sandy turned to the north-northwest and started to make its expected approach towards the U.S. coast, still maintaining Category 1 strength. Although the National Hurricane Center has not officially confirmed the location, at 5:46 PM local time, Accuweather announced it had come ashore in between Avalon and Sea Isle City in Cape May County, New Jersey. NOAA announced officially that the storm had come ashore at approximately 8:00 p.m. EDT 5 miles southwest of Atlantic City, NJ.

On October 29, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. EDT, Sandy was declared a post-tropical cyclone. Sandy’s impact on the United States stretched from Virginia to New England with tropical storm force winds stretching far inland and significant mountain snows in West Virginia. The cyclone brought a record-breaking storm surge to New York City on the evening of October 29, with numerous streets and tunnels flooded in Lower Manhattan and other areas of the city.

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