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Hurricane Sandy is Moving Faster: To Make Landfall Near Atlantic City Around 5:30 P.M.

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Hurricane Sandy's long-awaited arrival will come much sooner than originally expected. According to NBC 10's Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz, Hurricane Sandy is now moving at 28 miles per hour and is just 60 miles off the coast of New Jersey.

Based upon the latest projections, they expect the eye of Sandy will make landfall between Atlantic City and Delaware around 5:30 or 6:00 P.M. tonight.

Governor Chris Christie has urged New Jersey residents to stay off the roads completely until the storm passes. He has been adamant about the foolishness of hurricane "holdouts." And, PA Governor Tom Corbett has echoed those sentiments.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has been addressing the media throughout the day and is urging citizens to hunker down.

This will become the first hurricane to make direct landfall in New Jersey since 1903. Even though Hurricane Irene whacked our area last year, it pounded other parts of the U.S. coast and made landfall well before hitting the Jersey coast. Hurricane Sandy is an unusual storm in that it has been out to sea and has not made landfall in the U.S. yet. It is making an unprecedented left-hand turn toward the Jersey coast after traveling northeast for well over a week.

When it lands on the South Jersey coast it is expected to have maximum winds of 90 miles per hour. Currently Tuckerton, New Jersey is experiencing wind gusts above 70 miles per hour. Many other parts of New Jersey are also experiencing wind gusts which are close to hurricane strength (75 miles per hour).

The good news is that the storm is moving twice as fast as it was over the weekend so it may not linger as long as originally feared. At one point the storm was moving a little over 10 miles per hour. 6 to 10 inches of rain is expected from South Jersey, Delaware, and many parts of South Eastern and Central Pennsylvania.

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com

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