Well, as of the time that this location and projection of the path was done, the NDBC has shown all the nearest stations. Not one of the actual observations is showing sustained winds over 50 knots, and that’s a long ways from the
7263 knots that marks a hurricane.
Please note that the big damage from such storms is the flooding, so I
am not minimizing the likely extent of the damage. It will be
widespread. However … not a hurricane.
[animation/video of Hurricane Sandy from NOAA]