Oct. 29, 06:20 EST: The Coast Guard has responded to a distress call from a ship with 17 people aboard, roughly 90 miles off the East Coast. The HMS Bounty is 160 miles (200km) away from the eye of Hurricane Sandy, and is reportedly taking on water and cannot move.
Oct. 29, 05:35 EST: NBC is reporting that wave heights of around 30ft (9m) are expected just 100 miles (162km) off the New Jersey coast.
Oct. 29, 05:27 EST: Hurricane Sandy has strengthened, with winds now reaching 85mph (137kph), according to the National Weather Service. Hurricane-force winds along the East Coast and snow in Appalachia is expected.