We will put something on our website and FB page soon to explain this.
But the bottom line is that a hurricane watch/warning for the coast cannot be issued if it is not a hurricane. It has to be handled by the other NWS watch/warnings products
That said, I strongly disagree with this decision for the reasons stated earlier. For the purposes of this blog, I will continue to refer to the swirl of clouds that is Hurricane Sandy as Hurricane Sandy.
Addition: Here is the problem in a nutshell. This was just (2:17pm CDT) cut and pasted from the NWS. Note the (brown) high wind watch inland. But, there is no high wind watch or warning for Long Island or NYC!!! There is little QC or consistency between local NWS offices.