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Update, 9:35 a.m.: NWS says Sandy has been upgraded again to a Hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.
The U.S. National Weather Service has downgraded Hurricane Sandy to a Tropical Storm with sustained winds of about 68 mph.
However, the storm is still expected to pack a big punch to much of the East Coast, forecasters say.
As of early Saturday, Sandy is on track for landfall late Monday in Delaware or South Jersey and is expected to combine with a weather system coming in from the west to create a massive storm with effects lasting for days.
Those effects in New York City will likely include high winds, coastal flooding and heavy rain.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority has not made a decision about halting service during the storm. Subway service changes — save for interruptions on the 7 and J lines scheduled now for Saturday only — have been suspended this weekend.
The Specialized High School Test scheduled for Sunday has been rescheduled to Nov. 18. A decision on whether to close city schools Monday will likely be made Sunday.
Forecasters are predicting the first inclement weather to begin Sunday night in Brooklyn and Queens with sustained 22 to 26 mph winds increasing to 38 mph on Monday.