Heed the warnings. Be safe!!! Hurricane Sandy isn’t going to play nice.
Hurricane Sandy churned relentlessly through the Atlantic Ocean on Monday on the way to carving what forecasters agreed would be a devastating path on land that is expected to paralyze life for millions of people in more than a half-dozen states, with extensive evacuations, once-in-a-generation flooding, widespread power failures and mass transit disruptions.
The huge storm, which picked up speed over the water on Monday morning, was producing sustained winds of 90 miles per hour by 11 a.m., up from 75 m.p.h. on Sunday night. The center of Hurricane Sandy made its expected turn toward the New Jersey coast early on Monday. The National Hurricane Center said the center of the storm was now moving north-northwest at 28 m.p.h. At 2 p.m., the center said that the center of the storm was about 110 miles from Atlantic City, where the boardwalk had been damaged, and 175 miles from New York City.
Crane Collapsing in NY City because of Hurricane Sandy’s high winds.
Atlantic City is in trouble:
First responders in Atlantic County and Atlantic City have been ordered to return to shelter and cease operations, per the Atlantic County Office of Emergency Management.
The water level at Steel Pier has risen sharply, nearly two feet in the past 90 minutes, according to the National Data Buoy Center.
President Obama declared New Jersey a disaster area, hours before Hurricane Sandy is to make landfall in South Jersey, opening up Federal Emergency Management Agency aid to help reimburse the relief effort.