Hurricane Sandy (18L) in Caribbean – October 26th, 201220.1N 72.1W
Hurricane Sandy (18L) has developed from a tropical wave that was moving westward through the eastern Caribbean Sea on October 19.
On October 20, the system became better organized, although it weakened on October 21. However, by October 22, it became organized enough to earn the designation Tropical Depression Eighteen and was soon upgraded to Tropical Storm Sandy. The main image shows the storm as it was organizing.
The system has since been upgraded to hurricane status. As of 8 p.m. EDT October 25 (0000 UTC October 26), Hurricane Sandy is located within 20 nautical miles of 24.8°N 75.8°W, about 35 mi (55 km) southeast of Eleuthera; about 105 mi (170 km) east of Nassau, Bahamas.
Maximum sustained winds are 85 knots (100 mph, 160 km/h), with stronger gusts. Minimum central pressure is 965 mbar (hPa; 28.50 InHg), and the system is moving north-northwest at 15 kt (17 mph, 27 km/h). Hurricane force winds extend up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center of Sandy, and tropical storm force winds up to 205 miles (330 km) from the center.