As of 11 p.m. EDT: Sandy made landfall in southern New Jersey around 8 p.m. and impacted communities all along the East Coast. Millions of people in the path of the 1,000-mile-wide storm are watching and waiting. More than 2.8 million are without electricity.
The storm’s powerful winds and rains were blamed for at least 65 deaths in several Caribbean countries, including 51 in Haiti.
Hurricane Isaac, the slow-moving but powerful Category 1 hurricane, was felt along the Gulf Coast, threatening to flood towns in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana with storm surges of up to 12 feet and winds up to 80 miles per hour, according to reports by Reuters.
While not nearly as strong as Katrina – a Category 3 hurricane when it slammed into New Orleans on August 29, 2005 – Isaac was a threat that authorities said should not be underestimated.
With newly upgraded Hurricane Isaac blowing past Florida, the Republican National Convention surges on with speeches by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former GOP presidential race contender Rick Santorum, and Ann Romney, the wife of the now affirmed GOP presidential nominee. The abbreviated convention schedule may have dampened the opening day, but with Mitt Romney’s arrival, Day 2 finds the winds of the Grand Old Party struggling to hold onto the many hats of a divided Republican base.