Two years in a Row now Midlantic/NY/NE region is preparing for a late October Hurricane-like Storm.
After living a lifetime here with virtually no such events, it's amazing to be prepping again.
80 mph is Not the end of the world, but damage and flooding Could be very serious and we May see evacuations throughout the area.
Let's hope it weakens or veers east, but almost all models say otherwise.
'Frankenstorm' Headed to Region - WSJ.com
October 25, 2012
By JACOB GERSHMAN and ERIC HOLTHAUS
Greater New York began preparing on Thursday for Hurricane Sandy as an unusual confluence of weather patterns started taking shape that could produce what meteorologists dubbed a "Frankenstorm."
In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office warned in a news release of "heavy rain, high winds, flooding, tornadoes, coastal surges, and widespread power outages" as soon as Tuesday and said state agencies would be on alert. New Jersey officials said they had begun monitoring flood-prone areas that may have to be evacuated. In Connecticut, power companies were bracing for a test of a revamped storm-preparation system.
"It's definitely something that everyone should be watching", said Nelson Vaz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. "A storm that maintains its strength, coming in to central New Jersey would focus the storm surge in the New York harbor area."
Lumbering north from the Bahamas at 20 mph on Thursday, Sandy was on track to start producing rain in southern New Jersey by Sunday morning. It was likely to converge with a snowstorm moving eastward from the Great Lakes, dumping rain and snow on Northeastern states through Halloween—a date giving rise to the storm's nickname."..."
Hurricane Sandy: Potential Serious U.S. Impacts - weather.com
Confidence continues to grow that Sandy will be a major threat to portions of the U.S. East Coast.
Northeast/Mid-Atlantic: Prepare for Widespread Impacts
will hit some portion of the Northeast or Mid-Atlantic coast, there remains uncertainty with the exact timing, location and magnitude of the worst impacts. The forecast involves a rare, complex atmospheric setup that will allow the system to pivot back to the northwest into the region rather than simply moving out to sea.
Where exactly this pivot back to the west or northwest occurs will dictate the timing and where the worst of Sandy ultimately hits. That said, Sandy will have a large wind field and therefore effects from the system will stretch across a wide area well away from Sandy's center. To reinforce, it is very important to not focus on the center of our projected path map since the impacts will extend well away from where Sandy's center eventually moves inland.
Significant impacts from Sandy could potentially begin as early as Sunday and continue into Monday and Tuesday."....."