News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Oct. 29, 2012: Battery Park City in Lower Manhattan, is already seeing the impact of Hurricane Sandy.
Water from the river has already begun pouring over the barriers and into nearby streets. This even though the center of Hurricane Sandy is located near latitude 36.8 north and is expected to move over the coast of the Mid-Atlantic States until this evening or tonight.
Hurricane-force winds are expected to continue in the New York City area as well as on Long Island, Connecticut and along portions of the coast between Chincoteague, Virginia and Chatham, Massachusetts.
Cobb Island to Smith Point, the Middle And Upper Chesapeake Bay, Delaware Bay and Rhode Island are also expected to continue to feel the winds from Sandy.
Reports from an air force hurricane hunter aircraft at 8 this morning indicate that the maximum sustained winds remain near 85 mph with
higher gusts expected.
Sandy is expected to transition into a frontal or wintertime low pressure system prior to landfall and a little strengthening is possible during this process.
Sandy is, however, expected to weaken after moving inland.
Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center says elevated waters could occur far removed from the center of Sandy rainfall totals could reach 3 to 6 inches with isolated maximum totals of 8 inches possible.
Snowfall accumulations of 2 to 3 feet are expected in the mountains of West Virginia with locally higher totals today through Wednesday. 1 to 2 feet of snow is expected in the mountains of Southwestern Virginia to the Kentucky border with 12 to 18 inches of snow in the mountains near the North Carolina/Tennessee border and in the mountains of western Maryland.
Dangerous surf conditions will continue from Florida through New England for the next couple of days.