Sandy Downgraded From Hurricane To Storm

Don’t expect the hubbub over now-former Hurricane Sandy to die down because the system is still dangerous, but Sandy has been downgraded from hurricane status to a post-tropical storm.

According to the Associated Press, the National Hurricane Center said the storm was still dangerous, with sustained winds of more than 85 miles per hour and the eye of the storm is approaching landfall. The storm had already knocked out power to 1.5 million people and was threatening cities from Washington D.C., to Boston, to New York. CBCNews reports that the storm had washed away a section of the New Jersey boardwalk.

The storm may have been downgraded from a hurricane to a post-tropical storm, but it has still shut down mass transit in several major cities, and caused the delays and cancellations of more than 7,000 flights. Storm surge has reached as high as 12.4 feet at Kings Point, N.Y.

The Weather Channel reports winds as high as 94 miles per hour in one New York location, and the site noted New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered all of New York’s bridges closed at 7 p.m. Monday evening. So far, eight different states have reported downed trees and power lines as the so-called ‘Frankenstorm’ rolls on. The Weather Channel has chosen to rechristen the system “Superstorm Sandy,” since it is no longer officially a hurricane.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has been in communication with President Barack Obama about the state’s needs, and he has been giving his thoughts and updates via Twitter. Christie voiced his concern for those that may have chosen to defy the evacuation orders.

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“This storm is causing a great deal of damage. Especially on the New Jersey coastline,” he tweeted. “I hope and pray there will not be a loss of life because of people’s decisions to stay.”