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October 29th, 2012
06:54 PM ET

Understanding Hurricane Sandy

As of 2 pm EDT, Hurricane Sandy packed 145 kph (90 mph) winds. At the time, 23 states had issued a Warning or Advisory for wind related to Sandy’s circulation.

The storm is expected to make landfall later Monday evening.

Based on pressure, Sandy is likely to be the strongest storm to make landfall north of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

When it hits, Sandy will be undergoing a transition from a "tropical cyclone" to a "wintertime cyclone." Mari Ramos explains the difference.

Sandy’s field of tropical storm-force or greater winds extends nearly 620 1,600 kilometers (1000 miles). That's roughly twice the size of the U.S. state of Texas.

To put it another way, if that wind field were a country, it would be the 20th largest country in the world.

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  1. Rhymey

    I know it is an inconsequential note, but 1000 miles is closer to the size of Texas than it is double. From the tip of texas to the Norther Panhandle border is roughly 800 miles, while East to West is roughly 900. With that said, a wind field just bigger than the State of Texas is HUGE!

    October 29, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Reply
  2. Stefan Schnäbler

    Hallo...
    sorry, but you have to change miles and kilometers :)
    Sandy’s field of tropical storm-force or greater winds extends nearly 620 kilometers (1000 miles)

    Best wishes and good luck with Sandy...

    Stefan

    October 29, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Reply
  3. Deph206

    1000 miles = 620 kilometers:)
    NOT!

    October 29, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Reply
  4. AD Boy

    That should be 620 miles (1000 km) not vise-versa :)

    October 30, 2012 at 7:13 am | Reply
  5. qualiflyer

    I just watched Richard Quest's "report" on airport delays. He was obviously happy to play arround with the touch screen but the relevance of the content was basically zero. Storm causes shut down of airports, so what?? Planes now flying in from Narita and Cairo, so what?? A very good example of how to blow up news, which are not relvant. Do they just need to fill airtime?
    CNN disappoints more and more....

    October 31, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Reply

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