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An Estimated 3 Million Without Power As Post-Topical Sandy Moves Across NE

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Post-tropical cyclone Sandy, formerly Hurricane Sandy, made landfall near Atlantic City, New Jersey and continues to weaken as it moves across the northeast.

Monday evening, Sandy’s maximum sustained winds had decreased to 80 mph and it was moving west-northwest at 23 mph.

An estimated 670,000 customers are without power in New York City and Westchester. A customer is an individual meter, so the number of actual people affected is likely higher.

In New Jersey, roughly 2.1 million people are in the dark mostly in Monmouth, Morris and Ocean counties. Jersey Central Power & Light shut down power to the barrier islands Monday night in a bid to protect equipment and speed up restoration efforts once the storm has passed.

Slideshow: Hurricane Sandy Skirts South Florida

Click Here For The Latest On Sandy’s Forecast Track

CBS4’s Ted Scouten is in New York assisting WCBS with their hurricane coverage.

Click Here for the latest on preparations in the Big Apple.

Assisting CBS station KYW in Philadelphia, CBS4’s Cary Codd is in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Click Here for the latest from Philly.

Click Here for the latest on preparations in Baltimore, Maryland.

Rainfall totals of 3 to 6 inches are expected over far Northeast North Carolina with isolated maximum amounts of 8 inches. The Mid-Atlantic states, including the Delmarva Peninsula, could see anywhere between 4 to 8 inches of rain.

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.

The combination of dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters.  Surge related flooding will depend on the timing of the surge and tidal cycle and could vary greatly over short distances.

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