Hurricane Sandy Moves Closer to Land

Long Island Sound, Kings Park, NY

About 50 million people, from Virginia to Massachusetts, are expected to feel the effects of Sandy.

At 8 a.m., Sandy, a Category 1 hurricane, was 265 miles southeast of Atlantic City, New Jersey, and about 310 miles south-southeast of New York City.  Maximum sustained winds were at 85 mph, and Sandy was moving north-northwest at about 20 mph.

Hurricane-force winds extended outward 175 miles from the center, and tropical storm-force winds reached 485 miles.

Forecasters said the hurricane could blow ashore Monday night or early Tuesday along the New Jersey coast, then cut across into Pennsylvania and travel up through New York State on Wednesday.

By the time it reaches the coast, Sandy may not officially be a hurricane, but its widespread effects will be the same either way.

This is a photo that was taken 10 minutes from the Long Island, NY office (Long Island Sound) 8:00am before high tide. 

Long Island Sound, New York

UPDATE:  This is a photo that was taken at the same location about an hour ago.

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