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Hurricane Sandy Now Packing 90-MPH Winds

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Atlantic City experienced the very first impacts of Hurricane Sandy Sunday. Atlantic City experienced the very first impacts of Hurricane Sandy Sunday.

Hurricane Sandy is bringing life-threatening storm surge and coastal flooding to the Jersey Shore, and it's intensifying before landfall.

As of the National Hurricane Center's 11 a.m. update,the storm is now packing 90-mph winds, and it's moving to the north-northwest at 18 mph, a bit slower than it was earlier this morning.

The storm is now 205 miles southeast of Atlantic City. Landfall is expected somewhere in South Jersey tonight, probably between 8 and 10 p.m.

Another sign that the storm is still intensifying is that the central pressure has dropped to 943 millibars, the lowest ever recorded for a storm north of Cape Hatteras, N.C., meteorologists say.

And the storm is likely to maintain its category-one status until it nears Philadelphia.

Sandy does have a very large wind field, with tropical storm-force winds extending 500 miles outward from the center of circulation.

Hurricane-force winds of more than 74 mph will reach the shore by later today.

Ten inches of rain or more are anticipated in parts of Delaware, some of which had already seen half a foot Sunday.

Six to 10 inches of rain are certainly possible in South Jersey and south and west of Philadelphia. In the city we're expecting about 4 to 6 inches.

A High Wind Warning is in effect for the entire area from 8 a.m. Monday through 9 a.m. Tuesday. Expect winds of 35 to 45 mph with gusts to 60 to 75 mph.

"I do anticipate major tree damage, power outages likely," Williams said. "And also keep in mind that this is going to come at the time of an astronomical high tide. That occurs Monday at 8 a.m. and then Monday at 8 p.m., so we're watching for a major flood threat, and the potential for storm surge is great as well."

The National Weather Service is forecasting storm surge that, combined with a high tide, could reach 4 to 8 feet above ground from Ocean City, Md., to the Connecticut-Rhose Island border.

The outlook is a storm surge of 4 to 6 feet on the Delmarva Peninsula, including the lower Chesapeake Bay, or 2 to 4 feet for the upper and middle Chesapeake. In Long Island Sound and the Raritan Bay, including New York Harbor, the possibility is 6 to 11 feet.

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