Hurricane Sandy continues to slowly churn up the east coast on Saturday evening with significant impacts to be felt across the entire northeast with rain and wind, along with significant storm surge and flooding in coastal areas.
As of the 11 p.m. Saturday advisory, the center of Sandy was located 360 miles east-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina and 305 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Maximum sustained winds remained near 75 mph with a minimum central pressure of 960 millibars. Sandy was moving to the northeast at 14 mph, but a turn toward the north is forecast by Sunday night before a turn toward the north-northwest and toward the New Jersey coast on Monday.
- Check out the Local Radar and listen to NOAA Weather Radio on the Albany Weather Online website.
Little change in strength is forecast during the next few days and Sandy is expected to remain a large and powerful cyclone. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 520 miles from the center.
Due to this increasing threat to the Capital Region from Hurricane Sandy, a flood watch and a high wind watch has been issued for the entire region.
- A High Wind Watch is in effect for the potential of strong and damaging winds from Monday morning through late Monday night. Wind speeds will strengthen rapidly Monday morning and will last through much of Monday night. Winds are expected to be sustained from the northeast at 30 to 40 mph, with gusts exceeding 60 mph in the valleys and 70 mph across the higher terrain. These strong winds will likely bring down trees with widespread power outages possible. Any loose objects will also be easily propelled and could become flying projectiles.
- A Flood Watch is in effect from Monday afternoon through late Tuesday night. Very heavy rainfall from Hurricane Sandy will lead to rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches in valley locations and 2 to 4 inches across the higher terrain, expect in the Catskills where up to 6 inches may fall.
Stay tuned for further information on this developing weather situation and be prepared to take proper precautions should watches be upgraded to warnings on Sunday.
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