Hurricane Sandy is getting stronger as it makes landfall in New Jersey. Newsday reports that forecasters predict that there will be a six hour beating from approximately 12:00 to midnight with storm surges that could be up to 11 feet on the Hudson River.
In prep Hudson Valley roads have been emptied and even before the storm made landfall there were hundreds of people without power.
Newsday reported that Sandy is predicted to hit the New Jersey coast at approximately 8 p.m.
News12 meteorologist Brysen VanEck reported to Newsday that "The Hudson Valley will face eight to 10 hours straight of 30-40 mph winds and gusts up to 60 mph."
Rockland County Executive Scott Vanderhoef put Rockland County under a state of emergency. Newsday reported that Hudson Valley power outages could occur for up to 10 days or longer.
At 9 a.m., electric companies' outage maps showed more than 600 power outages in Westchester County and more than 100 in Rockland," reported Newsday.
Newsday reported that Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino said that blackouts were a definite potential.
"If the storm hits as hard as it might, we could be without power in certain sections of this county for many days, maybe even weeks, depending on the severity of it," he said to Newsday.
Con Edison, which serves a lot of Weschester said according to Newsday that it has hired 700 contractors to help its field crews to respond to down power lines and fallen trees.
Currently in New Jersey more than 32,000 people are without power. In New York City 2,500 are without and in Connecticut more than 18,000 people are without power. They are expecting more than 10 million people without power in the eastern seaboard, reported ABC 7 News.