Low central pressure among Hurricane Sandy’s unusual features

After slamming the Caribbean, storm approaches landfall in mid-Atlantic states

By Alexandra Witze, 12:31 PM October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy barreled into the U.S. East Coast on October 29, bringing heavy rains, high winds and severe storm surges from the Carolinas to New England.

Sandy began its life inauspiciously the week before as “Tropical Depression 18” in the southwestern Caribbean Sea. Warm ocean waters, combined with little wind shear that could have torn the embryonic storm apart, allowed it to strengthen into a tropical storm and then a hurricane with winds of at least 74 miles per hour. At least 65 peopl...

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