Hurricane Sandy is currently hundreds of miles off the South and North Carolina coast and is moving parallel to the coast. A wave coming out of the mid-west will move through Tennessee and Kentucky tomorrow and will cause Sandy to turn towards the Mid-Atlantic and New Jersey. Landfall of Sandy is expected Monday night just to the north of Atlantic City as a minor hurricane or strong tropical storm. This storm system as it interacts with this energy will help build the wind-field larger and will make a large impact on the northeast United States.
Here is a look at the predictions of impacts for the northeast United States.
Rain: Heavy rain is expected throughout the region from North Carolina north to New York. Overall through these states, three to six inches of rain is expected, with higher amounts in New Jersey, Delaware, eastern Maryland, and southeastern Pennsylvania. The highest amounts of rain predicted could be up to a foot in the areas just to the north of landfall. Also with the cold air in place, the higher mountains of West Virginia and Virginia could see mainly snow from this storm and total snowfall totals of one to two feet is expected.
Wind: Gusty winds from this system will be expected with this system for a number of days as sustained winds in the tropical storm range will be from Richmond, Virgina north to Boston, Massachusetts. The strongest of winds will be in New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, and southeastern New York, including New York City. The winds here are expected to be in the 40 to 50 mile per hour range, with gusts up to 80 miles per hour at times.
Storm Surge: Storm surge will be major along the coast from Maryland to Long Island as 4-8 foot storm surge is expected along this region. Inland flooding is a large concern, especially in New York as they will be on the northern side of this storm.
Numerous Flash Flood Watches, Coastal Flood Watches, and High Wind Warnings have been issued in advance with this storm. Also, state of emergencies have been issued for areas of North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Today is the day to prepare for this storm. Power outages will be expected throughout the northeast and some areas may be without power for up to a week due to the range of this system. Also, wind damage is a concern, especially for trees and high rises as the winds gusts to hurricane strength.
With the concerns that have been posted, all precautions should be taken. Please have a plan ready if you are in the path of this system. Be prepared to have enough necessities to last through a power outage that could last for days. For the latest on any warnings or watches, check out your local National Weather Service office at http://www.weather.gov. Also, for the latest on Sandy, tune into your local media outlet or the National Hurricane Center at http://www.hurricanes.gov.
Check out the link below for the 10 a.m. advisory for Hurricane Sandy.