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.
Heavy rains associated with the upper-level low will hit the Carolinas into Virginia. Some areas could get over a foot of rain by Monday!
The heavy rains are still coming and someone is going to have up to a foot of rain and flooding.
Major problems the end of the week and weekend as another round of flooding rains occur and Joaquin could impact the mid-Atlantic.
The Northeast will be the center for flooding rains through the weekend. Joaquin could bring troubles late in the weekend.
A stormy week for the Eastern part of the country. Heavy rains will be the main issue.
Stormy along the East coast this weekend and perhaps in the Gulf of Mexico late in the weekend and early next week.