The winds are getting stronger and the rains coming down harder as I write this from my DC base. For the latest updates on the monster "Frankenstorm" Hurricane Sandy, check out The Weather Channel's comprehensive website or updates straight from the National Hurricane Center.
Here's the latest update from The New York Times:
"Hurricane Sandy churned through the Atlantic Ocean on Monday en route to what forecasters agreed would be a devastating landfall that is expected to paralyze life for millions of people in more than a half-dozen states in the Northeast, with widespread power failures, a halt in transportation systems and extensive evacuations.
The huge storm, which has been picking up speed over water, was producing sustained winds of 90 miles per hour by 11 a.m., up from 75 m.p.h. on Sunday night, an indication of continual strengthening. Earlier on Monday, the center of Hurricane Sandy made its expected turn toward the New Jersey coast. The National Hurricane Center said the center of the storm was now moving north northwest at 18 m.p.h.
"A turn toward the northwest is expected soon," the center's 11 a.m. advisory said, followed by another turn toward the west northwest. "The center of Sandy is expected to make landfall along or just south of the southern New Jersey coast this evening or tonight."
..."One of the biggest storms of our lifetimes is unfolding right now," the anchor Kelly Cass said as The Weather Channel started its fourth day of nonstop coverage.