Sandy is still a hurricane this evening, with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. But the National Hurricane Center says it is evolving into a new type of storm.
“Sandy is showing characteristics of a hybrid cyclone this evening,” it writes in its technical discussion. That means it has some attributes of a hurricane and some of a nor’easter.
The storm’s peak winds have been diminishing since yesterday as its core unwinds. However, its overall wind field has expanded in area coverage. Amazingly, tropical storm force winds extend 415 miles from the center.
Sandy is currently positioned 90 miles north of Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas and is moving north at 7 mph. The track forecast has not changed, and landfall is still projected occur to between the Virginia Capes and southern New England between Monday night and late Tuesday. The center of the track guidance brings the storm ashore over the Delaware Bay.
We will have much more on Sandy later today. Here is some suggested reading, in case you missed it Friday: