Hurricane Sandy continues to be a large storm over the western Atlantic and is bringing rain to eastern North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. This system is a large and dangerous system and those in its path should be prepared for major power outages and numerous trees down. Here is the latest on Hurricane Sandy.
Hurricane Sandy was located 575 miles south of New York City moving northeast at 14 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds are at 75 miles per hour, with higher gusts.
Numerous warnings have been issued along the eastern seaboard from North Carolina north to Maine. Storm Warnings are issued from North Carolina north to central New Jersey, as well as from Massachusetts north to the Maine/Canada border. Hurricane wind warnings are in affect around the areas of Long Island. Inland, high wind warnings have been issued for the entire northeast United States including, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and northern Virginia.
This system is expected to make landfall Monday night in south-central New Jersey. with it the threat of inland flooding is elevated as storm surge with this system will be in the four to eight foot range. Higher storm surge possibilities are expected around the New York City area. Inland flooding is expected along the New Jersey coast, Delaware, coastal Maryland, coastal Massachusetts, coastal Rhode Island, and coastal Connecticut. The area of main concern for coastal flooding will be around New York, as this will be the main area where water will be pushed ashore.
Rainfall is also a main concern with this system. Flood Watches and warnings have already been put into place across the northeast United States. Total rainfall totals will be withing the three to five inch range, with higher amounts in the area near the center of circulation. Rainfall totals could be as high as a foot in southern New Jersey and southeast Pennsylvania.
Wind will also be a concern as a large area of the northeast United States will experience tropical storm force winds with a area stretching from New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland will experience hurricane wind gusts, with the highest gusts around 80 to 85 miles per hour. This will cause numerous power outages and numerous trees down across the northeast. Power outages across the northeast could last one to two weeks.
For those in the path of the storm, today is the last day to be prepared for this system. You need to make sure that you have a plan for up to the next two weeks in case you are stranded at home or are without power. Conditions are already starting to deteriorate and will continue as this system approaches. Tropical Storm force winds are expected to last for a few days with this system and will begin to affect the area overnight tonight and tomorrow. Take all precautions in advance of this storm, as this is expected to be a historic storm. For the latest, check out the National Weather Service at http://www.weather.gov. Also, for the latest on Sandy, check out the National Hurricane Center at http://www.hurricanes.gov.