The thing about Sandy was not the intensity (ie the depth
of the depression) but the size of the system. That's why the winds were not particularly strong: if you think of the isobars as contours on a map of hilly terrain, the closer together they are, the steeper the 'gradient'. And windstrength is generally a function of the steepness of that pressure gradient.
The 932hPa (same as millibar) pressure for the current
system is quite low in comparison with standard pressure of 1000hPa, and you can expect strong winds, but there was a typhoon in that part of the Pacific called Megi (unofficially a super-Typhoon), in 2010, which got down to 885hPa, and had sustained winds (ie for periods of at least 10 minutes) of 230 kph
One rather scary thing about the current
storm is that it's almost the least likely time of year, when you'd expect sea surface temperatures to be at their lowest. (which is what tropical revolving storms feed on for energy)
In this part of the Pacific, typhoons can happen at any time of year, but most of them happen (depending on how you define 'most') between about June and October.