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Hurricane Sandy is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge flooding to the mid-Atlantic coast, including Long Island Sound and the New York Harbor, the National Hurricane Center said Sunday.
As of 5 p.m. Sunday, Sandy was located 530 miles south-southeast of New York City and was moving northeast at 15 mph. The storm has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, which were expected to be near hurricane force at landfall.
There was a tropical storm warning in effect for areas north of Surf City to Duck, North Carolina, Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds and Bermuda, the NHC announced. High wind watches and warnings for hurricane-force winds were in effect for portions of the mid-Atlantic states.
Hurricane Sandy is expected to turn north and then northeast Sunday night and early Monday, but the NHC forecasts little change in strength.
Storm surge in areas including Long Island Sound could reach as much as 11 feet.
Meanwhile, sunshine and cooler temperatures reached South Florida. Winds were expected to slowly die down through the afternoon.
A cold front will move through Monday and bring temperatures in the 50s Tuesday and Wednesday morning.