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.