Thursday afternoon's forecast and advisory from the National Hurricane Center put the path of Hurricane Sandy centering on the New Jersey coast late Monday or early Tuesday -- with Long Island very much in the area of possible landfall. It is still very early, but the outlook should be one of caution at this point.
The maximum sustained wind speed prediction for Monday into Tuesday is 80 miles per hour. However, the latest discussion from the hurricane center said, "wind speed probabilities are not designed to handle the type of structural changes anticipated with sandy during the forecast period. As a result these probabilities will underestimate the actual risk of strong winds away from the center of Sandy."