Post-tropical Cyclone Sandy (18L) Slams East Coast, USA – October 31st, 201240.4N 79.9W
As of 11 a.m. EDT (01500 UTC) October 30, Post-tropical Cyclone Sandy (18L) is located near 40.5°N 77.0°W, about 120 miles (190 km) ESE of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and about 145 miles (233 km) west of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Maximum sustained winds are 45 mph (72 km/h), with stronger gusts. Minimum central pressure is 983 mbar (hPa; 29.00 inHg), and the system is moving west at 10 mph (16 km/h).
Hurricane Sandy was the largest Atlantic hurricane in diameter on record, with its winds stretching about 1,100 miles from end to end. About 8 million customers have no electricity spread over 18 states from Maine to Virginia as of midday October 30. About half were in New York and New Jersey. More than 13,000 flights were canceled across the U.S. on October 29, and more than 3,500 were called off October 30. Sandy crippled 25% of wireless cell towers and a quarter of cable services in 10 states. Storm damage was projected at $30 billion to $50 billion, meaning it could prove to be one of the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history. As of October 30, 39 deaths have been reported in the U.S.