4:30 PM EST

Hurricane Sandy as it moved toward land Monday was beginning to morph from hurricane into hybrid storm. The change signals a more diffuse storm that will be bigger and sloppier.

National Hurricane Center Director Rick Knabb said Sandy was beginning to lose its tropical nature as it merges with a cold weather system that is already dumping snow in West Virginia.

Sandy has been among the largest-sized hurricanes. Meteorologist Jeff Masters said that as a hybrid, Sandy's damage will be even wider. But it will be less intense.
Its force will extend as far as Chicago, where the National Weather Service already has issued high wind warnings and a lakeshore flood warning.

Based on reporting by The Associated Press.

1:00 PM EST

Hurricane Sandy is strengthening and now has maximum sustained winds of 90mph and a very low central minimum pressure of 943mb, possibly the lowest ever recorded on a hurricane this far north. Sandy is forecast to have winds of 90mph before landfall in Central/Southern New Jersey Monday evening/night, stronger gusts will be possible.

A storm surge as high as 11 feet can occur in Long Island Sound and New York Harbor which would produce coastal flooding. A widespread water rise of 4-8’ across MidAtlantic and Northeast Coasts. Rain will bring flooding to inland areas as well with widespread rainfall amounts of 4-8” in Northeast, locally 12” in parts of MidAtlantic.

Believe it or not, blizzard warnings are also posted in West Virginia, with up to 2-3 feet of snow possible! Some snow will even make it down to North Carolina. Storm Warnings are in effect as well across the Great Lakes with waves that could build to 25 feet by Tuesday morning due to Sandy’s massive wind field that spans about 800 miles. Impacts will linger across the Northeast after landfall, as Sandy slowly moves back out to sea.

9:10 AM EST

Hurricane Sandy is strengthening and now has maximum sustained winds of 85mph and a very low central minimum pressure of 946mb. Sandy is forecast to have winds of 90mph before landfall in Central/Southern New Jersey Monday evening/night, stronger gusts will be possible.

A storm surge as high as 11 feet can occur in Long Island Sound and New York Harbor which would produce coastal flooding. A widespread water rise of 4-8’ across MidAtlantic and Northeast Coasts. Rain will bring flooding to inland areas as well with widespread rainfall amounts of 4-8” in Northeast, locally 12” in parts of MidAtlantic. 

Believe it or not, blizzard warnings are also posted in West Virginia, with up to 2-3 feet of snow possible! Some snow will even make it down to North Carolina. Storm Warnings are in effect as well across the Great Lakes with waves that could build to 25 feet by Tuesday morning due to Sandy’s massive wind field that spans about 800 miles. Impacts will linger across the Northeast after landfall, as Sandy slowly moves back out to sea.

Maria Molina joined Fox News Channel (FNC) in October 2010. She currently serves as a weatherperson, appearing regularly on "FOX & Friends."