1. The downgrade of Sandy to a tropical storm was a mistake by NHC in my opinion. The pressure is falling, and Sandy will come in with the impacts like a hurricane is what I think is happening now. Sandy is going through the change from a tropical system to an extra-tropical system, so from a tropical sense, yes, Sandy is not really a hurricane, but from a meteorological sense, Sandy is getting bigger and the pressure is expected to fall to sub 950 mb. At that pressure, winds will be over hurricane force. The two images below show the GFS wind speeds in knots.
2. Sandy will be a dangerous storm coming in with a storm surge that will hit Long Island, the south coast of New England and even into New York City. The Jersey beaches to the Maryland beaches will be flooded and in some areas, the ocean is going into the streets.
The tropics could certainly be the main focus late in the weekend into early next week. Coastal storm will bring rain and wind.
Coastal storm will bring rain to the Northeast and maybe some wet snow over the hills. More rain for the Pac NW. development slow in the Gulf.
The tropics remain the big problem in the weather. Ana could hit the Pacific Northwest, Gonzalo will hit Europe, and development may occur in the Gulf.
Bermuda will get hit hard today by Gonzalo while in the Pacific, Ana will go south of Hawaii with only minimal impacts.
Heavy rains will affect the Northeast...Ana will bring some impacts to Hawaii...Gonzalo will be a disaster to Bermuda.
The band of heavy rains and storms will continue to move east and could get severe in New England.