The center of historic Hurricane Sandy is now moving much faster and will make landfall over southern New Jersey near Cape May in the next 90 minutes. At Cape May, the pressure is down to 28.67 inches.
The pressure in Sandy is a record for that latitude. 1 p.m. advisory carried pressure of 940 mb. Plane found 941 mb a short time ago at 2:46 p.m. Maximum flight level winds on that pass were 116 mph, well west northwest of the center.
NEW YORK CITY OBSERVATIONS
…Central Park at 3 p.m. CDT…ENE 28 Gusting to 47 mph, Peak Gust 62 mph. Pressure 971 mb (28.70) falling rapidly
…JFK…NE 41 G 58…peak gust 66 mph. Pressure 969 mb (28.63)
SEVERAL HURRICANE FORCE GUSTS
…75 mph at Blue Hill MA at 2:22 p.m. CDT
…Groton Airport in New London CT reports 75 mph wind gust at 2:35
…Buoy 6 miles WSW of Cutthunk reported 83 mph gust at 2 p.m. CDT
…84 mph gust reported 4 miles ENE of Plum Island in Suffolk County NY
…A construction crane has collapsed on a large construction tower at 57th and 6th in Midtown. Debris is falling.
…NYC 911 reporting 10 times normal 911 volume with lots of reports of trees down, and trees down on cars in Queens and Bronx.
…6.22 inches of rain at Wallops Island VA.
…Tappan Zee Bridge just closed, other bridges closing at 7 p.m., but that may be too late. Lincoln, Midtown Tunnels will remain open as well as Triborough. These could be closed at any point as well.
…Garden State Parkway closed south of Exit 129.
…Kennedy, LaGuardia, Newark, Philadelphia, Dulles and Reagan National all closed. I can’t see that BWI is closed, but almost every flight on their website shows canceled.
The power outages will be monumental. According to WCBS in NYC, at least 311,000 in the Tri-State without power. This does not include Philly or the Washington/Baltimore areas.
Blizzard warning in the central Va. for mountains near Waynesboro, Harrisonburg, Staunton as well as West Virginia above 2000 feet.