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Breaking: Sandy Hits New Jersey

State College, PA-(ENEWSPF)- AccuWeather.com reports Hurricane Sandy remains on track to become a historic storm for the mid-Atlantic and southern New England with New Jersey and New York City bracing for very dangerous conditions and catastrophic damage.

The impact from Sandy will reach hundreds of miles from the center of landfall, including areas well inland and well ahead of the storm’s landfall Monday evening. Sandy is forecast to move inland as a Category 1 hurricane just south of Atlantic City, N.J., between 5 and 6 p.m. EDT Monday.

An overview of the catastrophic impacts that await the mid-Atlantic and southern New England can be found in this news story, while below are more detailed impact stories for specific cities and communities.

LATEST UPDATES:

08:11 p.m. EDT Monday: Atlantic City, N.J., wind speed is 9 mph, which indicated that eye of Sandy was overhead. National Hurricane Center said that post-tropical cyclone Sandy officially made landfall near Atlantic City around 8pm ET.

8:05 p.m. EDT Monday CNN: Water levels in the Battery in Manhattan have gone 1 foot higher than the previous record set in 1960.

8:00 p.m. EDT Monday: Incredible NYC area wind gusts right now: 79 mph at JFK, 78 at Newark, 68 at LaGuardia, and even 58 in sheltered Central Park.

7:50 p.m. EDT Monday: Winds picking up across northeastern Ohio with gusts of 40-50 mph widespread.

7:19 p.m. EDT Monday: From CNN on Twitter: Over 2.2 million outages in 11 states and Washington, D.C., from the impacts of Sandy.

7:07 p.m. EDT Monday: The National Hurricane Center declared Sandy extratropical. They expect landfall in southern New Jersey within the hour.

6:22 p.m. EDT Monday: From Wall Street Journal Weather (@WSJWeather): Water levels at Battery Park (9.6ft) are now above Irene’s max (9.5ft). One foot below record level set in 1960, with two hours until high tide.

6:15 p.m. EDT Monday: An 86-mph wind gust in Eatons Neck, N.Y.

6:05 p.m. EDT Monday: We’re "expecting a statement from the National Hurricane Center soon to officially announce the landfall of Sandy in Cape May County, N.J.," AccuWeather meteorologist Bill Deger said.

5:46 p.m. EDT Monday:"Sandy is onshore. It looks like it hit right by the Sea Isle City and Avalon area," AccuWeather meteorologist Henry Margusity said.

5:36 p.m. EDT Monday: An 83-mph wind gust in Eatons Neck, N.Y.

5:31 p.m. EDT Monday: A 74-mph wind gust at Ocean City, Md., reported by emergency management.

5:24 p.m. EDT Monday: A 75-mph wind gust at Fire Island, N.Y. at 4:35pm

5:21 p.m. EDT Monday: Sandy brought a wind gust of 117 mph to Mount Washington, N.H., at 5pm ET.

5:07 p.m. EDT Monday: Huffington Post reports that nearly one million customers are without power.

5:03 p.m. EDT Monday: "Very intense eye wall has developed off of Wildwood, N.J.," AccuWeather Expert Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity said.

4:53 p.m. EDT Monday: A collection of snow photos associated with Sandy has been compiled.

4:37 p.m. EDT Monday: JFK Airport had a peak wind gust to 66 mph.

4:10 p.m. EDT Monday: "The water level at the Atlantic City Steel Pier is now rising at a rate of more than 1.5 ft/hr," tweeted AccuWeather Meteorologist Bill Deger (@muwxguy). Atlantic City Steel Pier Tide Info

4:00 p.m. EDT Monday: A couple of windows were blown out of a building at Clarendon and Stuart streets in Boston, Mass.

3:40 p.m. EDT Monday: More than 148,460 customers without power on Long Island alone, according to the Long Island Power Authority.

3:13 p.m. EDT Monday: The membrane of a roof was blown off of a building in North Kingston, R.I.

3:00 p.m. EDT Monday: A wind gust of 76 mph was recorded 2 miles south of Groton, Ct.

2:40 p.m. EDT Monday: According to CNN, nearly 300,000 customers are without power in seven states. New Jersey has the most at 92,000.

2:35 p.m. EDT Monday: 
Harvey Cedars, N.J., north of Atlantic City, N.J., recorded a peak wind gust of 69 mph. Barnegat Inlet, N.J., also north of Atlantic City, N.J., recorded a peak wind gust of 65 mph.

2:05 p.m. EDT Monday: More than 60,000 customers are without power across Long Island, according to Long Island Power Authority. Click here for map with outages.

2:00 p.m. EDT Monday: Hurricane Sandy still has maximum sustained winds of 90 mph. The central pressure has lowered to 940 mb (27.67 inches Hg).

1:40 p.m. EDT Monday: According to FlightStats.com, 7,135 flights have been canceled in the U.S. today and 954 flights have been delayed.

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1:10 p.m. EDT Monday: A couple of peak wind gusts associated with Hurricane Sandy in New York so far: Westhampton Beach at 59 mph, Islip at 60 mph, Syosset at 58 mph, and Bayville at 56 mph.

1:00 p.m. EDT Monday: An 81-mph gust was recorded 6 miles west-southwest of Cuttyhunk, Mass.

12:24 p.m. EDT Monday: Wind gusts measured in Massachusetts include a 59-mph gust in Milford and a 64-mph gust measured at Buzzards Bay.

12:15 p.m. EDT Monday: A photo collection of Sandy’s impacts shows flooding in portions of New York City and New Jersey. An 80-foot piece of the boardwalk can be seen floating down the streets in Atlantic City, N.J.

11:50 a.m. EDT Monday: The HMS Bounty has sank off the coast of North Carolina. Some sailors are not accounted for.

11:45 a.m. EDT Monday: Multiple trees have been downed in New York City parks.

10:45 a.m. EDT Monday: PennDOT is reducing the speed limit and restricting some vehicles in southeastern Pennsylvania.

10:45 a.m. EDT Monday: Sandy’s maximum sustained winds have increased to 90 mph.

10:15 a.m. EDT Monday: The latest track map of Sandy is online. Sandy is expected to make landfall as a Category 1 hurricane very close to Atlantic City between 6-10 p.m. EDT Monday.

9:21 a.m. EDT Monday: Rehoboth Beach, Del., has received 4.42 inches of rain from Sandy already. West Cape May, N.J., has received 3.17 inches of rain from Sandy so far.

8:18 a.m. EDT Monday: "80 feet of boardwalk floating free at Atlantic and New Hampshire Ave" @JitneyGuy tweeted from Atlantic City with a picture.

8:15 a.m. EDT Monday: Astronomical tides are peaking along the New Jersey Coast now. The tide gauge of the Atlantic Coast of Atlantic City, N.J., is registering at 8.25 feet. The record stage there is 9.0 feet. The next round of astronomical high tide is this evening, around when Sandy will make landfall in New Jersey.

8:00 a.m. EDT Monday: Sandy has started to turn to the northwest toward the mid-Atlantic Coast, picking up forward speed. The storm is currently 260 miles southeast of Atlantic City, N.J. Maximum sustained winds are still 85 mph.

7:06 a.m. EDT Monday: Moderate to major flooding is occurring in the Chesapeake Bay with storm surge flooding from Hurricane Sandy. The Chesapeake Bay near Kiptopeke, Va., is at major flood stage of 5.95 feet, less than one foot below the record high of 7.1 feet set on March 7, 1962. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, Va., is at 6.71 feet. This is also only one foot below the record flood stage of 7.5 feet set on Sept. 18, 2003.

7:00 a.m. EDT Monday: According to FlightStats.com, a total of 6,576 flights have been canceled so far today in the U.S. and 112 flights have been delayed. Flight Aware reports that there are no operations today at Philadelphia International Airport, and there will be no operations until midday Tuesday.

6:00 a.m. EDT Monday: Life-threatening storm surge flooding expected today from Cape May, N.J., to New York City, Long Island and southern New England.

5:00 a.m. EDT Monday: SANDY STRENGTHENS to 85 mph, pressure of 946 mb. Forecast to continue strengthening to 90 mph before landfall.

4:00 a.m. EDT: Clouds from Sandy extend from Bermuda to Detroit, and from North Carolina to the Arctic Circle. This storm is huge.

3:30 a.m. EDT Monday: Flood Warning issued for Monocacy River near Frederick, Maryland affecting Frederick County. Major flooding is forecast.

3:00 a.m. EDT Monday: Low tide has already occurred in Newport, RI. The observed value was 2 feet higher than the expected level.

2:00 a.m. EDT Monday: NHC latest advisory indicates Sandy is now moving north instead of northeast. The turn toward the coast has begun.

1:00 a.m. EDT Monday: Winds gusting to 47 mph in Ocean City, MD. Sandy still about 350 miles off shore.

12:00 a.m. EDT Monday: Hampton, VA — Water flowing over the top of Bridge on Powhatan Parkway at Chesapeake Avenue.

All images and quotes from Accuweather.com.

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