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Hurricane Sandy (18W) Threatening East Coast of USA

29.5N 80.5W

October 28th, 2012 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Hurricane Sandy (18L) – October 27th, 2012

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Track of Hurricane Sandy (18L) - October 27th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS 18L

As of 5 p.m. EDT (2100 UTC) October 27, Hurricane Sandy is located within 25 nautical miles of 30.2°N 75.2°W, about 335 mi (540 km) east-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina and about 345 mi (555 km) south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

Maximum sustained winds are 65 knots (75 mph, 120 km/h), with stronger gusts. Minimum central pressure is 961 millibars (hPa; 28.38 inHg), and the system is moving northeast at 11 kt (13 mph, 20 km/h). Hurricane force winds extend up to 105 miles (165 km) from the center of Sandy, and tropical storm force winds up to 520 miles (835 km) from the center.

Sandy continues to be a large and dangerous system and poses a major threat to portions of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Residents from New England to New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia should begin to prepare for Sandy.

Effects from Sandy could potentially begin as early as Sunday and peak in intensity Monday into Tuesday. The latest projected path takes the center of Sandy into the Northeast coast between Long Island and the Del-Mar-Va Peninsula.

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