Hurricane Sandy is a Category 1 hurricane on Oct. 28, according to the [URL=http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at3.shtml?5-daynl#contents]National Hurricane Center[/URL]. Sandy has drawn energy from a cold front to become a huge storm covering a large area of the eastern United States.
Hurricane Sandy's reach has grown on satellite imagery, and during the morning of Oct. 28, the storm intensified as there was a large pressure drop.
[i][b]Above[/b]: NOAA's GOES-13 satellite captured this visible image of the massive Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 28 at 1302 UTC (9:02 a.m. EDT). The line of clouds from the Gulf of Mexico north are associated with the cold front that Sandy is merging with. Sandy's western cloud edge is already over the Mid-Atlantic and northeastern U.S.[/i]
The National Hurricane Center warned early on Sunday (Oct. 28), that "Sandy expected to bring life-threatening storm surge flooding to the Mid-Atlantic coast including Long Island sound and New York Harbor, winds expected to be near hurricane force at landfall." Storm surge in the Long Island sound is expected between 6 and 11 feet.
NASA's Wallops Flight Facility and Langley Research Center will be closed on Monday as a result of the storm. The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City, home to space shuttle Enterprise, will also be closed.