posted on Oct, 28 2012 @ 07:55 PM
Dr. Jeff Masters from wunderground.com is taking this storm very seriously. Here are a couple of blurbs from his blog that sums up the dire
Hurricane Sandy has changed little in intensity today, and remains a very large, powerful hurricane. Sandy is going to cause billions of dollars
in damage Monday and Tuesday in the Eastern U.S. due to storm surge, high winds, and heavy rains. Sandy is of near record-size, with tropical
storm-force winds extending up to 520 miles from its center, covering an area larger than a Texas-and-a-half
With a storm this massive, we should not get caught up in Cat 1, 2, tropical storm, or the predicted storm path This storm is huge, and with it comes
a massive amount water, aka the storm surge. A wind field that large has the power to drive a ridiculous storm surge wherever this storm decides to
In a poignant, powerful Public Information Statement this afternoon, the National Weather Service in New Jersey is begging that people heed
warnings, and evacuate if they are asked to. They write, "If you are reluctant [to evacuate], 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."
The NWS in New Jersey is not taking the storm as a joke as well. Those in low lying flood prone areas near the coast should already be evacuated, or
finishing up their preparations.
This afternoon's 3:30 pm EDT H*Wind analysis from NOAA's Hurricane Research Division put the destructive potential of Sandy's winds at a modest
2.8 on a scale of 0 to 6. However, the destructive potential of the storm surge was record high: 5.8 on a scale of 0 to 6.This is a
higher destructive potential than any hurricane observed since 1969, including Category 5 storms like Katrina, Rita, Wilma, Camille, and
Andrew. The previous highest destructive potential for storm surge was 5.6 on a scale of 0 to 6, set during Hurricane Isabel of 2003.
Sandy is now forecast to bring a near-record storm surge of 6 - 11 feet to Northern New Jersey and Long Island Sound, including the New York City
Harbor. This storm surge has the potential to cause many billions of dollars in damage if it hits near high tide at 9 pm EDT on Monday. The full moon
is on Monday, which means astronomical high tide will be about 5% higher than the average high tide for the month. This will add another 2 - 3" to
... If the peak surge arrives near Monday evening's high tide at 9 pm EDT, a portion of New York City's subway system could flood, resulting in
billions of dollars in damage. I give a 50% chance that Sandy's storm surge will end up flooding a portion of the New York City subway system.
With that being said this storm has the possibility to cause catastrophic damage. I'm hoping that the models are incorrect and dry air and wind sheer
weakens the storm, but the conditions are right for the storm to maintain hurricane strength until landfall.
Everyone be safe out there.
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