The Weather Channel went into overdrive on October 27 to relay important information about Hurricane Sandy. Here is the latest information concerning Sandy’s projected path, the latest watches and warnings, plus announced plans from the airlines, cruise lines and casinos in Atlantic City to deal with Sandy’s aftermath.
According to the 11 a.m. ET advisory for October 27 from the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Sandy is moving NNE at a speed of 9 mph and is located at 29.0 N/76.0 W, about 355 miles SE of Charleston, SC. The pressure is incredibly low at 958 mb and Sandy’s strongest sustained winds are 75 mph.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for:
- South Santee River in SC to Duck, NC
- Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds
- Great Abaco and Grand Bahama Islands
A tropical storm watch is in effect for:
- Savannah River to South Santee River
In addition, storm and high wind watches are in effect for areas north of the tropical storm warnings. People throughout the region are urged to monitor the progress of Hurricane Sandy.
At noon on October 27, the latest run of the American GFS model moved into agreement with the Euro model. Both project that the path of Hurricane Sandy is headed straight to New Jersey. Bad weather will begin on Sunday and the center of the hurricane will make landfall in NJ on Monday night. Impacts will be felt north of the landfall, including in New York City. A 4-8’ storm surge is expected from Ocean City north to Montauk, NY. “There are really serious threats for the potential of disruption,” a hurricane expert said on Saturday on The Weather Channel. The threat to the NYC subway system is especially high and Sandy could potentially shut it down for several days or even weeks.
To prepare for the widespread impacts of Hurricane Sandy, all major airlines are now offering change fee waivers for passengers that want to reschedule their travel plans due to Hurricane Sandy. The following message was updated on October 26 and posted on Delta’s website, “A major storm is expected to affect travel to, from, and through much of the northeastern United States.” Change fee waivers are in effect for air travel to, from or through Delaware, Washington DC, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia from October 29-31. Re-booked travel must be completed by November 4. US Air, Jet Blue and other airlines have similar policies. No flight cancellations have been announced, but Hurricane Sandy is expected to have a huge impact on travel.
On October 27, Governor Chris Christie declared a state of emergency for New Jersey and ordered voluntary evacuations for South Jersey’s barrier islands. Mandatory evacuations in Atlantic City are expected to begin on Sunday, meaning that all casinos could close for several days. Tropicana’s CEO told “New Jersey Today” that he is preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best. While the casinos’ revenues would suffer due to the shutdown, they won’t go down as steeply as they did during Irene. Just last year, that storm caused casino shutdowns over a prime time summer weekend.
Hurricane Sandy is also seriously affecting the cruise industry. Some cruise lines are delaying departures or keeping their ships out of sea until Sandy is no longer a threat. Carnival Cruise Lines announced itinerary changes for its Dream, Imagination, Ecstasy, Victory, Destiny and Miracle ships. Disney Fantasy has been unable to return to Port Canaveral and its exact arrival time is still unknown. Holland America’s Eurodam, currently finishing up a 12-night Atlantic Coast cruise, was forced to dock at a cargo pier in Jacksonville on October 26. Norwegian Cruise Line canceled stops for its Gem and Jewel ships and Princess announced changes for the Ruby Princess, Caribbean Princess and Island Princess. Over at Royal Caribbean, itinerary changes were made for the Enchantment of the Seas, Majesty of the Seas and Monarch of the Seas.
According to Carl Parker, expert meteorologist on The Weather Channel, more than 50 million people along the eastern corridor should prepare for Hurricane Sandy. “It’s going to be an absolutely enormous storm and its effects will be prolonged,” he reported on Saturday.
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