Hurricane Sandy gained strength Monday and winds are now measured at 90 mph.
A life-threatening storm surge is still predicted for Long Island Sound as Sandy continues her trek north, closer to New England.
Hurricane Sandy is expected to continue her northward movement before being expected to make an abrupt turn to the northwest, bringing the massive storm back to the United States and impacting millions of people.
Officials from the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sandy is located about 265 miles from Cape Hatteras, NC, and about 310 miles from New York City.
The massive storm has hurricane force winds (74 mph or greater) that extend up to 175 miles from the storm's center, and tropical storm force winds (39 mph or greater) extend a whopping 485 miles from the storm's center.
NHC officials said gale force winds are expected to begin along the mid-Atlantic, Long Island and southern New England, including Connecticut, by Monday afternoon.
In addition, NHC officials said, hurricane force winds could be felt along the coast later in the day.
Officials from the NHC said a life-threatening storm surge is predicted for Long Island Sound.
A storm surge in Long Island Sound, Raritan Bay and New York Harbor of 6 to 11 feet can be expected. In addition, a storm surge from Ocean City, MD, to the Connecticut/Rhode Island border is expected to be 4 to 8 feet.
From the Connecticut/Rhode Island border north to the South Shore of Cape Cod, including Buzzards Bay and Narragansett Bay can be anywhere from 3 to 6 feet, and from Cap Cod north of the Massachusetts/New Hampshire border, including Cape Cod Bay can be anywhere from 2 to 4 feet.
Gov. Dannel Malloy declared a state of emergency Saturday ahead of Hurricane Sandy, and warned residents to brace for the possibility that power will be out for an extended period of time when the storm blasts the state for anywhere from 36 to 40 hours.
Keep with WFSB and WFSB.com for the latest information on Hurricane Sandy.
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