Sandy slams New York
As Sandy came ashore in New Jersey its core recorded the lowest barometric pressure ever recorded in northeast US. Although not even a hurricane as Sandy barrelled into the coast its pressure was 940mb, a reading normally associated with a Category 3 hurricane. The previous record low pressure was in 1938 hurricane at Bellport, Long Island (946 hPa).
As the storm tracks on land it will lose energy but only slowly bringing copious amounts of rain and snow for the Virginias. BBC's Susan Powell has the details.