"Sandy" strengthening, developing an eye
JACKSONVILLE -- Hurricane Sandy is intensifying just hours before making landfall in the Mid-Atlantic. "Sandy" is moving over the relatively warm water of the Gulf Stream. Its sustained winds have increased to 90 MPH and its pressure has dropped to 943 millibars. Dropping pressure is a sign of a strengthening system.
Air Force Reserve Reconnaissance Aircraft data shows that a 20-nautical-mile eye has formed with Hurricane Sandy. An eye is also a sign of a stronger hurricane.
The storm surge will be severe if not catastrophic across parts of the East Coast. Hurricane force winds are possible from Virginia to Massachusetts.
Blizzard conditions are expected along the Appalachians.
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