Sandy on the move as it strengthens, begins northwest turn
Hurricane Sandy is strengthening and speeding up significantly as it begins its turn into the Mid-Atlantic coast packing maximum sustained winds of 90 mph.
Sandy is a category 1 hurricane 110 miles south-southeast of Atlantic City and 175 miles south-southeast of North York City now moving to the northwest at 28 mph.
The center of the storm is expected to make landfall just south of the southern New Jersey coast early this evening.
Hurricane force winds extend outward 175 miles, mainly to the southwest of the center; tropical storm force winds extend outward 485 from the center of the storm. As Sandy transitions from a hurricane structure to a Nor'easter, it will have upper level wind support which will lead to some strengthening of the system. Much of the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast will experience strong winds for the next couple of days. The heaviest rainfall will be found across New Jersey, parts of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virgina & Delaware. Heavy snow is forecast for the higher elevations of the Appalachian Mountains.
The water could reach the following heights above ground if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide...
NC north of Surf City, including Pamlico/Albemarle Sounds... 4'-6'
SE VA & Delmarva including Lower Chesapeake Bay... 2'- 4'
Upper & Middle Chesapeake Bay... 1'- 3'
Long Island Sound, Raritan Bay & NY Harbor... 6'- 11'
Ocean City, MD to CT/RI Border... 4'- 8'
CT/RI Border to South Shore of Cape Cod... 3'- 6'
Cape Cod to MA/NH Border... 2'- 4'
MA/NH Border to US/Canada Border... 1'- 3'
Rainfall totals of 3 to 6 inches are expected over far
northeastern North Carolina with isolated maximum totals of 8
inches possible. Rainfall amounts of 4 to 8 inches are expected
over portions of the Mid-Atlantic states, including the Delmarva
Peninsula, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches possible.
Rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches with isolated maximum amounts
of 5 inches are possible from the southern tier of New York state
northeastward through New England.
Snowfall accumulations of 2 to 3 feet are expected in the
mountains of West Virginia, with locally higher totals tonight
through Tuesday night. Snowfall of 1 to 2 feet is expected in
the mountains of southwestern Virginia to the Kentucky border,
with 12 to 18 inches of snow possible in the mountains near the
North Carolina/Tennessee border.
Dangerous surf conditions will continue from Florida through
the Mid-Atlantic states for the next couple of days and spread into
the northeastern states later today.