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Hurricane Sandy Pushes Toward East Coast

It's looking more likely that the storm will move close to New England as early as Sunday night.

 

The latest track of Hurricane Sandy has the storm moving closer to the East Coast, according to this morning’s meteorologist reports. The National Hurricane Center has the center of the storm going either into Southern New Jersey or Delaware.

This is a constantly changing storm and a more northern track, which is possible, would bring more significant impacts into New England.

According to WHDH Meteorologist Chris Lambert, the current likely scenario would bring wind and rain Monday afternoon through Tuesday with wind gusts of 40-60 mph, mostly onshore, strongest at coast with up to 5 inches of rain expected throughout the storm’s duration. Power outages are likely, along with beach erosion and coastal flooding during high tides.

Lambert says it’s still a “very complicated and anomalous pattern” and thus the timing is tricky.

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If Sandy maintains a warm core longer into the forecast period, it may hold on longer than some of the models project. If that happens, the turn northwest into the coast would happen farther north and put southern New England in a more serious situation than the current path would take it. 

The National Hurricane Center has the hurricane currently with sustained winds of 80 mph, moving north at 13 mph. The storm is expected to decrease in speed today, followed by a turn toward the north tonight, and a turn toward the northeast on Saturday. The center of the storm will continue moving near the northwestern Bahamas this morning and move north of the Bahamas tonight.

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center, with tropical storm force winds extending up to 275 miles. Sandy’s wind field is expected to grow in size during the next couple of days.

Doctor October 26, 2012 at 02:02 PM
POTENTIALLY LARGE STORM SYSTEM TO HIT SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND-- PREPARATION RECOMMENDATIONS... INLAND RESIDENTS... - BE SURE TO HAVE PLENTY OF BATTERIES ON HAND FOR FLASHLIGHTS... AM/FM RADIOS...AND YOUR NOAA WEATHER RADIO. - EXPECT PROLONGED POWER OUTAGES. SO...BE SURE TO HAVE CANNED FOOD AND OTHER ITEMS ON HAND THAT DO NOT NEED REFRIGERATION. TURN THE REFRIGERATOR DOWN TO THE COLDEST SETTING. - IF YOU OWN A PORTABLE GENERATOR...BE SURE IT IS PROPERLY HOOKED INTO THE POWER SUPPLY. IF IT IS NOT PROPERLY INSTALLED...IT MAY DO DAMAGE TO THE MAIN POWER SUPPLY. BE SURE TO USE IT PROPERLY TO AVOID CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING. - STORE PLYWOOD AND PLENTY OF NAILS SO THAT YOU CAN QUICKLY BOARD UP WINDOWS ON OPEN FACING SIDES OF YOUR HOME. DO NOT USE MASKING TAPE TO TAPE WINDOWS...IT WILL NOT HELP. - THOSE LIVING ALONG FLOOD PRONE RIVERS AND STREAMS SHOULD BE READY TO HEAD TO HIGHER GROUND SHOULD FLOODING OCCUR. - IN CASE OF THE UNLIKELY EVENT THAT YOU MUST EVACUATE...KNOW WHERE YOUR NEAREST STORM SHELTER IS LOCATED...AND THE QUICKEST ROUTE TO IT. FOLLOWING THESE SIMPLE STEPS WILL HELP MAKE WHAT CAN BE A VERY STRESSFUL AND DIFFICULT TIME GO A BIT MORE SMOOTHLY.

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