TODAY   |  October 27, 2012

Roker: Sandy may be ‘one for the record books’

It’s all hands on deck as emergency preparedness ramps up for Hurricane Sandy preparations. With multiple states and the District of Columbia declaring states of emergencies, TODAY’s Al Roker tracks the storm.

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>>> with hurricane sandy. al roker is tracking the storm 's path. al, good morning.

>> good morning, andrea, lester. and of course, as you mentioned, hurricane sandy now back up to hurricane strength. the winds fou are at 75 miles per hour. we'll give you all the stats coming up. but as we've seen already, it's caused massive destruction in its path. this one looks like it's going to be one for the record books. it's threatening to be one of the worst storms to hit the northeast in decades. tropical storm sandy now barreling toward the east coast bringing with it gail force winds, chances of flooding, heavy rain , and even possibly snow. the storm already slamming into cuba, cutting power, toppling trees. in the bahamas, winds sent ocean waters into the streets, causing extensive coastal flooding. at least 40 people are dead across haiti, cuba and jamaica. those scenes of destruction are causing people along the east coast to make some last-minute preparations.

>> have enough food and water for everyone in your household.

>> as states of emergency have already been declared across five states and washington, d.c. in new york state, governor cuomo reminding residents about that surprise halloween storm that left thousands without power for days.

>> remember what we went through last year. it's common sense precaution. going to be high winds and rain. it would be a good idea if you're going shopping to get some extra supplies so you don't have to leave the house in the beginning of the week next week.

>> new york city mayor mike bloomberg urging all households to prepare an emergency kit.

>> you should have drinking water , first aid kit, flashlight, so be prepared for possible outage.

>> in norfolk, virginia, the navy sending their ships out to sea as a precautionary measure. while in new jersey, where many computer models are predicting a direct hit , beach residents are filling sandbags and rushing to close rides and stands that usually take weeks to shut down.

>> it is all hands on deck thing, just everybody pitching in to make sure we can get everything taken care of before the storm hits.

>> all right, let's see where we're going with this system. right now, as we said, it is hurricane sandy, and the winds currently 75 miles per hour. we're about 335 miles southeast of charleston. it's moving north, northeast at ten miles per hour. the tropical force winds extend out some 450 miles from the center of this storm , so it is a massive storm . here are the advisories we have right now. we've got hurricane warnings . the storm surge we're talking about right now anywhere from three to five feet later on today from wilmington, all the way up through cape hatteras , a little bit less of a surge as you get into the norfolk, hampton bay area . some areas up to a foot along the coastal carolinas. the path of the storm will bring it up parallel to the coast through today as it's now a category 1 storm . it continues to make that path along the coast, through tomorrow night. then what happens is we're going to see basically a turn to the left and it come on shore somewhere, anywhere between the dell marva peninsula and long island, new york . we have two models that show which way this system could go. the american model and the european model. the difference between the two systems, we're talking about a couple money miles. the american system coming on shore in new york . the european model in new jersey. either way , it's going to mean massive problems for the northeast from washington, d.c. all the way up into new england, and inland, once it gets inland, this is not just a coastal event. it's an inland event as well. tropical storm irene caused more damage inland. this system could dump up to a foot of snow. parts of west virginia , ohio, on into pennsylvania. so andrea, this one is going to be a massive, massive problem probably for days to come.

>> all right, al. thank you, and stay safe. dylan dreyer