Hold what you got, or lose it! Sandy is playing for keeps!
A Gallery Of Pics From Hurricane Sandy
Hurricane Sandy churned its destructive path toward the Northeast on Monday, flooding beach towns and tearing up beaches, piers and boardwalks ahead of its expected landfall in New Jersey.
Some 700,000 homes and businesses had already lost power, while schools, offices, roads and transit systems shut down across an area of 50 million people. Hundreds of thousands earlier sought shelter on higher ground.
“This is going to be a slow-moving process through a wide swath of the country and millions are going to be affected,” President Barack Obama said Monday after being briefed on Sandy.
Estimated landfall was moved up to within the next hour along southern New Jersey or central Delaware after Sandy, which had been moving toward the coast at 18 mph, sped up to 28 mph.
The storm’s maximum sustained winds were 90 miles per hour and its center was 30 miles east-southeast of Cape May, N.J., according to the National Hurricane Center’s 5 p.m. ET update.
Sandy is bringing a storm surge as high as 11 feet to New York Harbor and Long Island Sound, and smaller surges from Delaware through Connecticut.
With hurricane-force winds extending 175 miles from its center, Sandy is as broad as any hurricane to ever hit the U.S.
Check out some of the damage and flooding that this beyotch Sandy has already done. If you live along the east coast and think this is about to be a game, you might want to think again.
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