, the largest Atlantic tropical system on record,
is a late-season tropical cyclone
that has affectedJamaica
, the Bahamas
, the Dominican Republic
, and the eastern seaboard
of the United States
, and is currently affecting the area south of the Great Lakes Region
of the United States, and Eastern Canada
. The 18th tropical cyclone, 18th named storm
, and 10th hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season
, Sandy developed from an elongated tropical wave
in the western Caribbean Sea
on October 22. It became a tropical depression, quickly strengthened, and was upgraded to a tropical storm six hours later. Sandy moved slowly northward toward the Greater Antilles
and gradually strengthened.
On October 24, Sandy was upgraded to a hurricane, shortly before making landfall in Jamaica. Upon moving farther north, Sandy re-entered water and made its second landfall in Cuba during the early morning of October 25 as a Category 2 hurricane. During the late evening of October 25, Sandy weakened to Category 1 strength; in the early hours of October 26, it headed north through the Bahamas.
Sandy briefly weakened to a tropical storm in the early morning hours of October 27, then restrengthened to a Category 1 hurricane
later that morning.
Just before 8 a.m. on October 29, Sandy turned to the north-northwest and started to make its ...