The center of Sandy is still over 300 miles offshore, almost midway between Bermuda and North Carolina. If this were a typical system, it would most likely be an afterthought for any U.S. impact given its distance away. However, this is no ordinary storm. As everyone knows by now, the storm is slowly becoming a non-tropical system, and the breadth of its rain, cloud, and wind shield is evident from this picture. Notice the clearly defined central circulation, yet the rain affecting the East Coast is far removed from that core. As the center moves closer to the coast Monday and Monday night, the storm's effects will push westward as well.