POSTED: Monday, October 29, 2012 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, October 29, 2012 - 6:04pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Hurricane Sandy is barreling toward the Northeast with sustained winds of 90 miles per hour. The powerful storm has picked up speed and is expected to make landfall sometime tonight in southern New Jersey.
"The storm is not at its apex yet, it's going to get worse between now and the next time I speak with you," New Jersey Governor Chris Christie warned residents.
In many areas it's hard to believe things could get much worse. Debris has been scattered, trees uprooted and tossed into homes. Flood waters have already swallowed roadways, piers have been ripped apart and water is pushing up against houses.
The path of early destruction covers several states, graphic evidence of the size of the storm. Sandy is currently 700 miles wide, with hurricane force winds stretching out 175 miles from the center. More than 50-million people could feel the effects of Sandy.
Sandbags guard against the water, while boards brace for the violent winds. Shelters are secure and ready. Thousands of flights have been canceled and in many areas public transportation has been suspended
The time to move to higher ground is all but over in the strike zone, and there is an ominous warning now for those who chose to ride out the storm.
"When it comes in tonight we are not going to be able to come in a rescue you, it's going to be dark, electricity will be out and we won't be able to get first responders in to find you," Governor Christie warned.
Thousands are already without power, flood waters are rising and the worst of Sandy is still to come here.