The Mid-Atlantic of the United States is readying itself for Hurricane Sandy, a life-threatening storm that is going to bring damaging wind, dangerous storm surge and flooding rains. NASA satellites have been tracking the storm for weeks and video reveals the storm as it left the Bahamas and continues its march up the coast.
Satellites are crucial to forecasting and monitoring the weather as they provide an eye in the sky and a critical overall view of large systems like Hurricane Sandy.
NASA and NOAA satellites have sent to Earth many images of the storm. The video from NASA shows the storm from Friday to Sunday as it moved up the East Coast and prepared to make a turn toward landfall.
- Watch video: NASA satellite imagery of Hurricane Sandy
In its latest advisory the National Hurricane Center called the effects of the storm ‘life-threatening’ and forecasts continue to indicate that an area of thousands of square miles will feel the effects. Heavy surf is already being seen along the U.S. East Coast from North Carolina to New Jersey.
At the current time the storm is 270 miles east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina and moving at 15 miles to the northeast. The storm will soon be making a turn toward the northwest as it heads for a forecast landfall in southern New Jersey Monday night.
While the storm is a relatively weak Category 1 storm with winds of 75 mph, forecasters warn that the strength of the winds are far from the most significant dangers the storm presents.
Storm surge will be extremely dangerous and could reach up to 10 feet in height. Up to 8 inches of heavy rain are going to cause significant flooding across a large area.
Heavy snowfall further inland will be a major concern. Accumulations up to 3 feet will be possible in West Virginia, up to 2 feet in southwestern Virginia stretching to the Kentucky board and 18 inches near the North Carolina / Tennessee border.
Highlighting the dangers for those closest to landfall, the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, NJ put out a rather foreboding Public Information Statement:
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
241 PM EDT SUN OCT 28 2012
…AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS STORM TO IMPACT THE AREA…
SANDY IS EXPECTED TO SLAM INTO THE NEW JERSEY COAST LATER MONDAY
NIGHT, BRINGING VERY HEAVY RAIN AND DAMAGING WINDS TO THE REGION.
THE STORM IS A LARGE ONE, THEREFORE DO NOT FOCUS ON THE EXACT CENTER OF THE STORM AS ALL AREAS WILL HAVE SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS.
THIS HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE AN HISTORIC STORM, WITH WIDESPREAD WIND DAMAGE AND POWER OUTAGES, INLAND AND COASTAL FLOODING, AND MASSIVE BEACH EROSION. THE COMBINATION OF THE HEAVY RAIN AND PROLONGED WIND WILL CREATE THE POTENTIAL FOR LONG LASTING POWER OUTAGES AND SERIOUS FLOODING.
PREPARATIONS SHOULD BE WRAPPING UP AS CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO
WORSEN TONIGHT AND ESPECIALLY ON MONDAY.
SOME IMPORTANT NOTES…
1. IF YOU ARE BEING ASKED TO EVACUATE A COASTAL LOCATION BY STATE
AND LOCAL OFFICIALS, PLEASE DO SO.
2. IF YOU ARE RELUCTANT TO EVACUATE, AND YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO RODE OUT THE ’62 STORM ON THE BARRIER ISLANDS, ASK THEM IF THEY COULD DO IT AGAIN.
3. IF YOU ARE RELUCTANT, THINK ABOUT YOUR LOVED ONES, THINK ABOUT
THE EMERGENCY RESPONDERS WHO WILL BE UNABLE TO REACH YOU WHEN YOU
MAKE THE PANICKED PHONE CALL TO BE RESCUED, THINK ABOUT THE
RESCUE/RECOVERY TEAMS WHO WILL RESCUE YOU IF YOU ARE INJURED OR
RECOVER YOUR REMAINS IF YOU DO NOT SURVIVE.
4. SANDY IS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS STORM. THERE WILL BE MAJOR
PROPERTY DAMAGE, INJURIES ARE PROBABLY UNAVOIDABLE, BUT THE GOAL IS ZERO FATALITIES.
5. IF YOU THINK THE STORM IS OVER-HYPED AND EXAGGERATED, PLEASE ERR
ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION.
WE WISH EVERYONE IN HARMS WAY ALL THE BEST. STAY SAFE!
NWS MOUNT HOLLY, NJ
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