Meteorologists say that while early storm projections can be unreliable, Sandy will cause major disruptions in an area larger than Hurricane Irene in 2011, which caused billions of dollars of damage.

The Frankenstorm could pose new, unexpected challenges to the candidates in the final sprint toward Election Day. Mitt Romney has already cancelled a Sunday night event in Virginia Beach.

State legislative candidates are also cancelling events in advance of Sandy’s possible landfall in New York early next week.

Mayor Bloomberg says the storm is very dangerous, but no evacuations have been ordered as of yet.

The first evacuations in New Jersey were issued this afternoon for Cape May County. So far, they’re voluntary, but that could change.

US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was in a car accident in Nevada. He was hospitalized, but reportedly walked in on his own steam and did not sustain any life-threatening injuries.

Happy 65th Birthday Hillary Clinton!

HuffPo, clearing a Clinton admirer, celebrates with a list of “65 reasons to love” the secretary of state.

CBS has a slideshow of Clinton’s “human moments.”

The Fair Election Practices Committee in Rochester hit both Monroe County Legislator Ted O’Brien and his state Senate opponent, Assemblyman Sean Hanna, for inaccuracies in campaign mailers and TV ads.

A number of Jewish lawmakers are upset with Bloomberg for making disparaging comments about black hat-wearing Orthodox Jews to The Atalantic and want an apology.

Diva state Senate candidate Mindy Meyer was a no-show at a Jewish Channel debate last night. Her campaign said she had “school commitments.”

To retaliate against the channel for trying to “blackmail” her into a debate, Meyer’s campaign barred it from covering a fund-raiser.

Former Rep. Sherwood Boehlert endorsed Rep. Richard Hanna, calling him “one of the few in Washington who don’t view those in “the other party” as the enemy, but rather as potential allies.”

Unlike in 2010, Rep. Michael Grimm is running with the support of his former father-in-law, Grandmaster Jhong Uhk Kim.

Rep. Tim Bishop outspent his Republican rival, Randy Altschuler, by a 3-1 margin in the latest campaign finance reporting period.

A 21-year-old Brooklyn rapper pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge for punching attorney Ron Kuby, but also called him a “complete scumbag” in court.