Sandy Became Post-Tropical at Landfall

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By WXedge Staff on October 29, 2012, 8:30pm Last modified: October 31, 2012, 9:38am

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Literally minutes before making landfall, the NHC declared that Hurricane Sandy had completed a transition into a post-tropical system.

The NHC says that the storm made landfall at a post-tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph near Atlantic City, NJ at approximately 8 p.m.

NHC statement:
...POST-TROPICAL CYCLONE SANDY MAKES LANDFALL ALONG THE COAST 
OF SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY...
SUMMARY OF 800 PM EDT...0000 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...39.4N 74.5W
ABOUT 5 MI...10 KM SW OF ATLANTIC CITY NEW JERSEY
ABOUT 40 MI...65 KM NE OF CAPE MAY NEW JERSEY
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...80 MPH...130 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...WNW OR 300 DEGREES AT 23 MPH...37 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...946 MB...27.93 INCHES

SURFACE...RADAR...AND AIR FORCE RESERVE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT
DATA INDICATE THAT POST-TROPICAL CYCLONE SANDY MADE LANDFALL NEAR
ATLANTIC CITY NEW JERSEY AROUND 800 PM EDT...0000 UTC...WITH
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS OF 80 MPH...130 KM/H.

NHC full statement:
700 PM EDT MON OCT 29 2012
...SANDY BECOMES POST-TROPICAL...
...CENTER EXPECTED TO MAKE LANDFALL WITHIN THE NEXT HOUR OR SO...
SUMMARY OF 700 PM EDT...2300 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...39.1N 74.4W
ABOUT 30 MI...50 KM ENE OF CAPE MAY NEW JERSEY
ABOUT 20 MI...35 KM S OF ATLANTIC CITY NEW JERSEY
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...85 MPH...140 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...WNW OR 300 DEGREES AT 28 MPH...44 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...946 MB...27.93 INCHES

Interestingly enough, they say the storm moved due north from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and miraculously avoided landfall.

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