Sandy Downgraded as It Makes Landfall

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

It's no longer classified a hurricane, but that's doesn't mean much to the folks who are feeling the effects of superstorm Sandy.
The National Hurricane Center now says Sandy is a post-tropical cyclone and while it's losing strength, it still has sustained winds at 85 mph. The center of the enormous storm made landfall at 8 p.m. (Eastern) near Atlantic City. It's merging with Arctic cold and a winter storm from the West.
Forecasters say the storm is still a vast and dangerous hybrid storm. It's already knocked out electricity to more than 1.5 million customers and figures to make life difficult for millions more.
In New York City, the main utility has cut power to parts of downtown Manhattan in a pre-emptive bid to lessen the approaching storm's damage. A spokesman from Consolidated Edison says the utility cut power shortly after 7 p.m. to 6,500 customers. That's when a few inches of water began spilling over the seawall of lower Manhattan. Although weakened, Sandy could bring with her a 13-foot storm surge.


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