As of 2 p.m. Monday, the center of Hurricane Sandy was located at 38.3 degrees north and 73.1 degrees west. This places the center of Sandy approximately 110 miles southeast of Atlantic City, N.J., and around 175 miles south-southeast of New York, N.Y. Maximum sustained winds had increased to 90 miles per hour, and the minimum central pressure had decreased to 940 millibars, or 27.76” of mercury. Sandy had accelerated, and was moving towards the northwest at 28 miles per hour.
Hurricane Sandy is expected to turn to the northwest and north-northwest later this afternoon. This forecast steers the storm towards the southern New Jersey coastline. Meteorologists expect Sandy to transition into a wintertime storm, which usually weakens tropical weather systems. However, models indicate additional strengthening is possible as the metamorphosis from a tropical system to extratropical system occurs just prior to landfall on Monday evening.
People in Sandy’s path must prepare for her potentially destructive impacts
As Hurricane Sandy metamorphoses in to an extratropical entity, the areas at risk from the destructive and deadly impacts of Sandy will broaden dramatically. As of Sunday afternoon, the numerous weather corporations monitoring the storm expect the following hazards associated with the approach, landfall, and weakening of Sandy throughout the mid-Atlantic, the northeastern U.S., and New England.
- The peak winds from Sandy are estimated to range from 60 to 90 mph over an area that extends from Chincoteague, Va. all the way up to Chatham, Mass. This should result in the loss of electricity for tens of millions of people living in the mid-Atlantic, northeastern, and New England states.
- This entire area can expect rainfall amounts of three to six inches, and precipitation totals the Delmarva Peninsula up to New York, N.Y are expected to average between four and eight inches. Some areas may record rainfall in excess of one foot. This will result in large areas of inland flooding from Virginia all the way up to Massachusetts.
- Coastal locations from Virginia to Massachusetts can expect a storm surge associated with Sandy ranging from four to eight feet. Favored areas including the harbor in New York City and Long Island Sound could see a surge between six and eleven feet. Battering waves in excess of 25 feet are possible on top of the storm surge.
- Parts of the Appalachian Mountains above 2,500 feet in elevation are expected to receive up to three feet of wet snow is forecast to fall. Sandy’s rotation will tap into an Arctic air mass currently over Canada, and drag it southward over much of eastern and northeastern sections of the U.S.
Where to find further forecast updates and information for Hurricane Sandy
Once Hurricane Sandy has completed its transition into an extratropical storm, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) will cease its issuance of advisories on the system. However, the website will contain numerous links to other branches of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that provide the most up-to-date information available for individuals tracking the storm.
AccuWeather, the weather corporation located in Pennsylvania will issue updates and forecasts for locations within the path Sandy via the company’s television network, and internet website.
The Weather Channel (TWC) will continue to work around the clock to ensure both its television and internet audience are able to stay informed with the latest developments for Sandy. The website for TWC can be found here.
Another great resource allowing affected residents to keep abreast of the latest updates, as well as any additional watches or warnings, is the National Weather Service (NWS). The NWS operates through both weather radios and an internet website. The website allows its users to click on a certain part of the nation for more individualized information.