East Coast updates from AccuWeather.com

Published 3:26 pm Monday, October 29, 2012

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — 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 very close to Atlantic City, N.J., between 6-10 p.m. 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.

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

10:15 a.m. 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. Monday.

9:21 a.m. Monday: Rehoboth Beach, Dela., 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. 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. 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 a.m. 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. 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, during Hurricane Isabel.

7 a.m. 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 at Philadelphia International Airport through midday Tuesday.

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

5 a.m. Monday: Sandy strengthens to 85 mph, pressure of 946 mb. Forecast to continue strengthening to 90 mph before landfall.

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

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

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

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

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