Hurricane Sandy Becomes The Largest Atlantic Storm In Recorded History
Hurricane Sandy has become the largest tropical system recorded in the Atlantic as it makes the transition to a superstorm that threatens to push a wall of water ashore in the Northeast and smash the eastern U.S. with wind, rain and snow. Drenching rains are soaking the mid-Atlantic states, 3 feet of snow may fall in the Appalachians and an 11.7-foot (3.5- meter) record-breaking storm surge may slosh over Manhattan’s Battery Park if Sandy’s most powerful punch arrives at the same time as the high tide. “Its circulation is enormous, it’s affecting one way or another the entire eastern third of the country,” said Rob Carolan, a meteorologist at Hometown Forecast Services Inc. in Nashua, New Hampshire. “The storm is the largest tropical storm in the Atlantic. It’s about 900 miles across.”The storm has made a slightly stronger turn to the west than predicted and the eye is presently forecast to make landfall just south of the southernmost tip of New Jersey.