By the numbers: How Hurricane Sandy measures up

It's a superstorm, all right: Here's how Hurricane Sandy measures up for destructive potential

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- Here's a by-the-numbers look at Hurricane Sandy its expected impacts:

THE HURRICANE

—As of midafternoon Monday, sustained winds were reaching 90mph.

—It was moving northwest at 28 mph.

—Winds of tropical force extend almost 500 miles from Sandy's center.

—Its central barometric pressure reached a record low for the Northeast, 940 millibars, indicating a lot of energy and wind potential.

HUMAN RESPONSE

—More than 7,000 flights have been grounded.

—Some 375,000 people were told to evacuate in New York City.

—The Federal Emergency Management Agency has about 490,000 meals in place in the Northeast, along with more than 150,000 gallons of water.

PREDICTIONS

—The storm could leave 2 to 3 feet of snow in mountainous areas of West Virginia.

—Storm surges in Long Island Sound and New York Harbor could reach 6 to 11 feet above ground. Between Long Island Sound and the Delmarva Peninsula, which includes parts of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, surges could reach 4 to 8 feet above ground level.

—Winds of gale force are expected for nearly one-third of the nation, as far west as Ohio.

—Rainfall of up to a foot is expected in some places, especially west of the storm.

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