MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Hurricane Sandy could bring life-threatening storm surge flood to the Mid-Atlantic Coast including Long Island and New York Harbor.
At 5 p.m., Sunday the Category 1 hurricane was about 270 miles East-Southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and was moving Northeast at 15 mph.
A Tropical Storm Warning continues from North of Surf City to Duck, North Carolina; Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds and Bermuda.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Sandy will take a turn to the North and then Northwest Sunday evening into Monday. On the forecast track, the center of Sandy will be near the coast Monday night.
Sandy may also be one for the history books. According to the NHC’s Erik Blake, while they do not have good records on this, Sandy may in fact be the biggest tropical cyclone on record at 520 miles wide.
CBS4’s Ted Scouten will be in New York to assist WCBS with their hurricane coverage.
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Gale force winds are expected to arrive along portions of the Mid-Atlantic Coast on Sunday and reach Long Island and southern New England by Monday. Hurricane force winds could reach the Mid-Atlantic states, including Long Island, by late Monday.
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Rainfall totals of 4 to 8 inches are expected over the Mid-Atlantic states including the Delmarva Peninsula with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches.
Rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 5 inches, are possible from the southern tier of New York state northeast through New England.