"History is being written as an extreme weather event continues to unfold, one which will occupy a place in the annals of weather history as one of the most extraordinary to have affected the United States,"
"Sandy's storm surge already pushed tides over 7 feet in New York City shortly before the arrival of Monday morning's high tide, the National Weather Service said. The surge added roughly 3 feet to the high tide, which was already higher than normal as a result of the full moon, said meteorologist Jeff Tongue.
"We think the peak of the surge will be as Sandy comes ashore tonight," with a roughly 6-foot surge added to the nighttime high tide, he said.
"It's a once in a lifetime storm," Tongue said. "I've been doing this for 30 years, and I've never seen anything like this."
More than 500,000 homes left without power as Hurricane Sandy unleashes monstrous power with floods, gales and snow... and it's not even hit land yet
"Sandy, which forecasters said could be the largest hurricane in U.S. history, has revealed the first signs of her monstrous power, dumping snow, breaching rivers and forcing floodwaters into towns and homes across the East Coast.
According to CBS News hurricane consultant David Bernard, the pressure is dropping, which means the storm is strengthening. Its pressure is 943 millibars, setting a new lowest pressure north of Cape Hatteras
"The last time we saw anything like this was never,' Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said on Sunday. 'I don't know how to say it any clearer than that it is the largest threat to human life our state has experienced in anyone's lifetime."
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