As a historic storm bears down on the east coast, millions of people are preparing to feel the effects of Hurricane Sandy from Maine all the way down to the Carolinas. As of now Sandy is a strong Cat 1 storm with winds of 90 mph, the storm is expected to maintain its strength and make landfall tonight along the Jersey Coast.
A storm of this size a strength making it this far north is very rare. The tropical storm force wind field in this system is more than 1,000 nautical miles in diameter, that is extremely large!
Not only will this storm bring windy conditions up and down the East coast, it will also bring life threatening flooding. With ANY hurricane, the number one killer is almost always flooding from storm surge along the coastline. This is a huge concern since the area this storm is impacting is very densely populated.
As the storm moves inland we’ll begin to really feel the effects of this storm. By late this evening we can expect winds to really pick up with sustained winds anywhere from 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts up to 55 or 60 mph possible. To put that in perspective, winds from our storm in late June Derecho were up to 80 miles per hour, this won’t be as bad but winds like this can still cause some minor damage along with the threat of power outages as well. Here is a look at the predicted wind gusts in the region by this evening…
Along with the winds will come rain, but it’s important to note that we are NOT expecting flooding rains here in West Central Ohio. The total rainfall through Wednesday should stay below 1 inch in most places. Also, with temperatures cooling down into the low 30’s tonight, snow is a possibility. Any snow accumulations will very likely be below 1 inch as well before it transitions back to all rain once again by late Tuesday morning.
I’ll be sure to keep you updated!