Hurricane Sandy continues to slowly move parallel along the East Coast. The National Weather Service issued a High Wind Warning and Coastal Flood Warning for our area early Sunday morning. Although Sunday will be a quiet day, the effects from Sandy begins to ramp up tonight and conditions will steadily deteriorate Monday.
The earliest effects from Sandy are expected to arrive Sunday night, with some showers moving into the area. Winds gradually increase from the northeast and seas will continue to build offshore. We could see gusts to over 40 mph along the coast after midnight.
Conditions will get progressively worse Monday as we can expect the peak of the storm effects Monday afternoon into Monday night. Rainy and windy conditions will persist through this time period, with pockets of heavy rain possible. Winds may gust to over 60 mph along the coast and over 50 mph inland. A few locations could see gusts to near 70 mph. Coastal flooding is a concern. We have multiple high tide cycles from mid day Monday through mid day Tuesday when there is the potential for minor to possibly moderate coastal flooding along the eastern Essex County shore. A storm surge of 3 to 5 feet is possible. If you live along the coast you need to stay informed as to the potential flooding threat in your locale.
As of Sunday morning the official track from the National Hurricane Center takes Sandy into the central New Jersey Coast late Monday night or very early Tuesday morning. Once the storm is over land it is expected to weaken, however this is such a wide and strong storm that we will continue to feel the effects through Tuesday night and perhaps Wednesday as well. Although the wind and coastal threats will lessen by Wednesday we can expect to have periods of rain or showers through Wednesday.
As with any significant storm there are multiple storm threats to consider. The two major concerns are the high winds and coastal flooding. Both will cause property damage for some and power outages for many. Rainfall is expected in the one to three inch rain, but higher amounts are possible. This may cause street flooding, especially with downed leaves clogging storm drains. Some flooding of low lying areas is also possible.
You can click this link for detailed information from the National Weather Service on the various watches and warnings for southern New England. http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/box/
Short Term Forecast:
Sunday: Some areas of drizzle, especially along the coast. High temperatures in the mid 50s. Winds northeast 8 to 18 mph.
Sunday night: Showers will overspread the area, with increasing winds. Lows close to 50. Winds northeast and increasing to 15 to 25 mph, with gusts to over 40 mph possible.
Monday: Showers will transition to a steady rain by later in the day. The rain could be heavy at times. Highs near 60. Winds northeast and increasing to 25 to 35 mph, with gusts to over 60 mph possible near the coast.
Monday night: Periods of rain and windy. Locally heavy rain possible. Lows remain close to 60. Winds east 25 to 35 mph, with gusts to over 55 mph possible.
Tuesday: Showers and not as windy. Highs in the low 60s. Southeast winds may gust to near 40 mph early in the day.