Sandy remains a hurricane at this hour, although she has weakened since yesterday. Models indicate fluctuations in strength will continue for the next several hours before a more sustained weakening of Sandy occurs.
I made a new Impact Scale below, detailing my latest thoughts. I did this scale on short notice, and had to do this away from my computer, so it does look a bit mediocre. Here's the breakdown.
GREEN: LOW IMPACT
Breezy conditions with precipitation possible. A nuisance event.
YELLOW: MEDIUM IMPACT
Windy, small twigs and unsecured objects may blow around. Heavier precipitation is observed. Situation similar to a summer thunderstorm event.
RED: ENHANCED IMPACT
Very windy. Large branches may break off and property damage may occur. Roofing may become damaged. Unstable structures may collapse. Heavy precipitation may cause sustained minor/moderate flooding.
PINK: MAJOR IMPACT
Extreme winds and precipitation. Sturdy structures at risk of severe damage. Entire trees at risk for severe damage. Sustained flash flooding occurs. Life and property threatened.
Models suggest that Sandy will make landfall near the coastal part of Pennsylvania. Regardless of landfall location, THIS WILL BE BIG. Be prepared for long lasting power outages and a threat to life and property. Be able to sustain yourself for at least 3 days without power.
Next update: Between 7-10 PM CT, most likely in the 8:00 PM CT hour.