(CNN) - This is a time lapse of Hurricane Sandy off the coast of the Carolinas, provided by NASA.
The National Weather Service reports maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour. Those could strengthen a little more before a late Monday or early Tuesday landfall.
Because of Sandy's size and the dense population, forecasters expect about 50 million people to feel the storm's effects.
Hundreds of thousands of homes have been evacuated along the East Coast.
For days, government and emergency management officials have been pleading with residents to be prepared, take precautions, and heed storm warnings.
Sandy has already proven deadly, killing at least 67 people in the Caribbean, last week, 51 of those in Haiti.
The Turkey Run State Parke suspension bridge over Sugar Creek will close Dec. 12 through Dec. 20 for the replacement of a staircase on the north end.
The Indiana Department of Transportation is preparing for the winter storm moving into the Wabash Valley starting Thursday afternoon.
The Vigo County School Corporation has announced that all VCSC buildings will be closed by 6 p.m. Thursday. All athletic events, both home and away, will be canceled and postponed until a later date.
On Tuesday, Mayor Duke Bennett handed out art grants to local organizations across the city of Terre Haute.
A Terre Haute robotics team is competing for a state title with an invention that could save lives.