Sandy loses 'hurricane' title, keeps powerful punch | Fox News
Sandy's no longer a hurricane, but it still packs a wallop.
The massive storm was downgraded just after it barged ashore in southern New Jersey, bringing 90-mph winds and a roiling wall of seawater as it moved inland and north toward New York City. The monster storm, still a powerful, 900-mile-wide hybrid of several weather systems, sent 30-foot-high swells toward the garden State, and as its eye passed over the shoreline, a surge as high as 10 feet tore into dunes and washed across boardwalks. The state had evacuated all shore towns ahead of the strike, with Gov. Chris Christie telling residents who ignored the evacuation orders they were "both stupid and selfish."
"[It's a] very intense, very dangerous storm. People will die in this storm," Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said Monday. "So folks will need to mind their families, stay home and hunker down."
Even homes on stilts were threatened by the massive surge, and water was cresting dunes and boardwalks from Delaware's Rehoboth Beach to Jones Beach in New York.
A LUCKY BREAK!
A DRPA Bridge Traffic Alert -- October 29, 2011-(6:54PM)
Because of storm conditions, all Delaware River Port Authority Bridges (Commodore Barry, Walt Whitman, Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross) are now closed to traffic. Only emergency vehicles and vehicles driven by essential personnel (medical workers, hospital personnel, government employees with appropriate identification, public safety officials, etc.) will be permitted to cross DRPA bridges. Traffic restrictions will remain in place until further notice.
Please note: PennDOT restrictions on travel on interstate highways will be in effect from 7 p.m. until 2 a.m.