The first breadth of Hurricane Sandy arrives on the shores of the Northeastern U.S. many hours earlier than first predicted on October 29, 2012 with a force greater than experts expected. At around 11:00 a.m. EST, Sandy was 250 miles south-southeast of New York City and already wreaking havoc throughout the Mid-Atlantic.
Reports from the U.S. Air Force Hurricane Hunter Aircraft as of 10:00 a.m. suggest that rather than weakening, Sandy is strengthening. The aircraft found that central pressure within the storm was 943 MB or 27.85 inches. Sustained winds within this "super storm" have increased from 75 mph as of yesterday to 95 mph today with gusts extending beyond 175 mph with the worst of the Hurricane yet to make shore.
Hundreds of thousands have been evacuated from low-lying areas along the coast of New Jersey, New York, Delaware, the Carolinas, and Virginia. Gale force winds are predicted to blow over portions of the Mid-Atlantic and Southern New England. A storm surge combined with the high tide marking this evening's Full Moon has been rendered "extremely dangerous" by forecasters and government officials. Flooding has already occurred throughout sections of New Jersey and other locations and will only worsen as rain and snowfall totals mount from the Carolinas to as far north as Vermont. Additionally, officials have declared surf conditions "dangerous" from Florida to New Hampshire. The storm has already affected a minimum of 9,000 international flights by 9:00 a.m. today as airlines prepared for the advance of the storm. Many more cancellations are expected.
The Stock Market, New York City transit system, and many schools throughout the north east have shut down in response to the potential dangers of the storm. Chances are great that this evening's full moon will worsen the affects of this already gigantic storm many consider the worst in history. Significant flooding, property damage, and power outages have already been reported as the storm rips through the coast and meets with colder air from Canada pushing south and east.