The threat for flooding rainfall and damaging winds are increasing across upstate Eastern New York. The region will be impacted by a powerful low pressure area that is currently Hurricane Sandy, during the start of the new work week. This has prompted the National Weather Service at Albany, NY to issue the following watches for the Capital Region and surrounding vicinity…
- Areal Flood Watch from Monday afternoon through late Tuesday Evening.
- High Wind Watch from Monday morning through late Monday night.
Hurricane Sandy is forecast to make landfall, as a “hybrid” extratropical system on Tuesday. Landfall is forecast to be in the vicinity of the Delaware and New Jersey coasts. This system will be associated with very heavy rainfall, and a strong and wide field of potentially damaging winds.
Winds are expected to increase in speed during the day Monday, reaching peak intensities Monday afternoon and evening. Forecasts at present suggest that sustained wind speeds may average between 25 to 45 MPH across the bulk of the region, with some higher wind gusts to near 60 MPH possible. Winds may gust even higher than this over the higher terrain, and in valley locations, where channeling effects may cause gusts to near 70 MPH at times.
Winds at such high speeds can move loose items which may become dangerous flying debris. Those with loose objects and/or lawn furniture outside that has not been stored away, or tightly secured to the ground, should do so prior to the storm’s arrival. Travel may become dangerous during this time as well.
The rainfall associated with this powerful area of low pressure will be heavy at times, for prolonged periods, especially during the Monday evening through Tuesday afternoon time frame. As the low pressure area moves from Eastern Pennsylvania on Tuesday afternoon, north and west to western New York State by Wednesday morning, rainfall should slowly abate across the region.
The Capital Region and vicinity could see between 2 to 4 inches of total rainfall. Favored upslope locations in the Adirondacks, Catskills, Taconics, and Berkshires could see in excess of 6 inches of rainfall in localized areas before the rains finally taper off.
Flooding of poor drainage and urban areas, as well as small streams are highly possible should such an amount of rain fall over a 24 hour period. In addition, with the upcoming full moon and associated above average high tidal levels across the region, portions of the Hudson River, already dealing with potential excessive runoff from rainfall, may see heightened flood threats through this time.
Those in the Capital Region and vicinity are advised to closely monitor the progress and forecast track of Hurricane Sandy. Take precautions now for the potential for power outages and potential flooding.
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