Tens of millions of East Coast residents are preparing for what may be one of the “biggest storms to ever hit the U.S.”Hurricane Sandy, dubbed “Frankenstorm” is still many miles out to sea, moving up the coastline at 15 mph, but effects of the “megastorm” are already beginning to be felt. With hurricane-force winds of 75 mph, the exceptional size of Hurricane Sandy means the heavy rains and winds will start Sunday and last as late as Wednesday. For more on how to be prepared and keep your family safe during Hurricane Sandy, please read this preparation guide.
Hurricane Sandy is expected to produce a high storm surge on Monday, combining a high tide with the full moon. The combined water height and high tide is will most likely effect the coast running from Ocean City, Maryland to Connecticut and Rhode Island according to Richard Knabb, the director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami. The worst of the Hurricane Sandy is expected between 3 p.m. Monday and 3 a.m. Tuesday. The Atlantic Ocean, amped up with giant waves, a full moon, and high tides will combine with drenching rains and is expected to trigger inland flooding. Sandy’s “destruction potential”, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or the NOAA, has been judged at 5.8 on a 0 to 6 scale.
Lewes Beach, Del. saw major flooding on Monday. Two days in to the three day hurricane, the town of Lewes was flooded from almost the bay-side beach to the town’s drawbridge. If one wanted to head to the Lewes beach, the only way would be to wade through water waist-high in some places. The roughly one mile stretch of road flooded not just from the bay, but also from the canal. The Lewes canal flooded, most likely due to the storm surge and high tide, and the water met in the road.
The area that flooded was supposed to be evacuated by 8 p.m. Sunday. Delaware is currently under a “State of Emergency” order. Only members of the media and state “essential personnel” may drive without facing the possibility of a fine.
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