Watch these webcams as Hurricane Sandy hits the US East Coast

She doesn’t look as friendly as her name suggests.
She doesn’t look as friendly as her name suggests.
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Webcams date to an earlier era of the internet: the very first one, in 1991, was pointed at a coffee pot in a computer lab at Cambridge University. But the tradition lives on in various corners of the web, which comes in handy when, say, an enormous storm is barreling toward the East Coast of the United States.

The webcams listed below should provide a good view of Hurricane Sandy’s arrival. If you know of other webcams we should add, email me or send me links on Twitter.

Please note that some webcams may be loading slowly or not at all under the crush of traffic. Links below in green were loading fine late Monday afternoon.

New York City

Long Island

Jersey Shore

Virginia Beach

West Virginia





And this isn’t a webcam, but Instacane is a great, intimate view of how people are experiencing Sandy as documented on Instagram. (Thanks to Chris Ackermann for the tip.) It might also get interesting over at NSKYC, which displays the average color of the New York City sky, captured every five minutes.

Last updated on Oct. 29, 2012, at 4:37 p.m. ET.

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