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Hurricane Sandy impacting high school sportsOct 29, 2012 The high school sports world is not exempt from the impact of Hurricane Sandy, one of the most powerful storms to hit the east coast in decades.
The superstorm which threatens 50 million people in the most heavily populated corridor of the nation has already reported gale force winds over coastal North Carolina, southeastern Virginia, the Delmarva Peninsula and coastal New Jersey.
High school events from Florida to Massachusetts have been either rescheduled or postponed because of the storm.
In New Jersey the center of the storm hasn't even hit yet, but significant flooding is already occurring along the southern coast of the state.
Wildwood, one of the southern most points on the New Jersey coast and a popular tourist destination, has been hammered with rain since early Thursday morning.
Wildwood High School has endured significant flooding, as the school's football field is already underwater with the worst of the storm yet to come.
Athletic director Rich Hans told MaxPreps, "It's a little crazy here right now."
The craziest part, said Atlantic City football coach Tom Kelly, are communication issues.
"Half of the city is underwater," he tweeted. "Hard to get in-touch with my guys."
Among the many other regions effected:
* In New York, the Section 1 football semifinals have been postponed from Tuesday to Wednesday.
* In Connecticut, a ban on athletic events taking place on Sunday was lifted in order to get events moved up. The CIAC, the state's governing board, moved up many of its events from this week to Sunday because the last date to complete the regular season is Thursday.
* All events scheduled today in Rhode Island have been postponed, according to the Rhode Island Interscholastic League.
* The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association plans to reschedule many of its region tournament games in several sports. Once the weather clears, "there are no days off if the tournament is behind schedule, except Sundays," the office posted on its website.
* In Massachusetts, the Boston City League soccer and volleyball playoffs were postponed.
Sandy is expected to hook inland Monday, colliding with a wintry storm moving in from the west and cold air streaming down from the Arctic. Forecasters say the storm's center will make landfall along or just south of the Southern New Jersey coast Monday evening.
CBS News hurricane consultant David Bernard reports that wind gusts of 38 mph and 41 mph have already been reported in New York City and Boston, respectively.
Sandy is likely going to strengthen even more as it approaches the East Coast, Bernard reports, with hurricane-force winds reaching land by Monday afternoon. The storm's pressure is dropping, which means it's growing in strength."There's a lot of people that are going to be under the impacts of this," Federal Emergency Management Administrator Craig Fugate said on "CBS This Morning" Monday. "You know, we've got blizzard warnings as far west as West Virginia, Appalachian Mountains, but I think the biggest concern right now are the people in the evacuation areas. They're going to face the most immediate threats with the storm surge."
Forecasters said the hurricane could blow ashore Monday night along the New Jersey coast, then cut across into Pennsylvania and travel up through New York State on Wednesday.
Forecasters said the combination of Sandy with the storm from the west and the cold air from the Arctic could bring close to a foot of rain in places, a potentially lethal storm surge of 4 to 11 feet across much of the region, and punishing winds that could cause widespread power outages that last for days. The storm could also dump up to 2 feet of snow in Kentucky, North Carolina and West Virginia.
CBS News and senior writers Stephen Spiewak and Mitch Stephens contributed to this report. MaxPreps will update this story throughout the day as Hurricane Sandy continues to impact high school sports.