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October 29th, 2012

27K Without Power as Sandy Approaches

Hurricane Sandy is nearing the coastline. Photo:NOAA
Hurricane Sandy is nearing the coastline, centered about 30 miles est-southeast of Cape May, New Jersey. It's moving toward the west-northwest at 28 mph. Landfall will occur with a few hours along or just south of the New Jersey coastline.

Central Hudson is reporting more than 27,000 people in the Hudson Valley area are currently without power. That number is expected to rise dramatically as Sandy makes landfall.

You should now be in a safe place for the duration of the storm. Do not venture outdoors!

Maximum sustained winds are 90 mph- a Category One hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Sandy is expected to transition into a frontal or wintertime low pressure area shortly, but little change is strength is expected until landfall, with weakening after moving well inland.

Tropical-storm-force conditions or gale-force winds are now occurring along portions of the mid-Atlantic coastline, and will spread northward tonight. Hurricane-force winds will occur tonight along the coast from Chincoteague, Virginia, to Chatham, Massachusetts. This includes the tidal Potomac from Cobb Island to Smith Point, the middle and upper Chesapeake Bay, Delaware Bay, the coast of the northern Delmarva Peninsula, New Jersey, the New York City area, Long Island, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Winds affecting the upper-floors of high rise buildings will be significantly higher than those near ground level.

A dangerous storm surge is expected to occur in the mid-Atlantic states and southern New England. If the peak surge occurs at the time if high tide, the depths above ground level could reach 6 to 11 feet at Long Island Sound and Raritan Bay, and 4 to 8 feet from Ocean City, Md., to the Connecticut/Rhode Island state line, and 3 to 6 feet from there to the south shore of Cape Cod, including Buzzards Bay and Narragansett Bay.

Other coastal and inland watches and warnings are in effect for much of the mid-Atlantic states and New England. See the statements being issued by local National Weather Service offices, for the details.

Total rainfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches, with isolated 8 inch amounts, are possible over far eastern North Carolina. Amounts of 4 to 8 inches, with isolated 12 inch amounts, are possible over portions of the mid-Atlantic States, including the Delmarva Peninsula. Amounts of 1 to 3 inches, with isolated 5 inch amounts, are possible across southern New York through New England.

Snow accumulations of 2 to 3 feet are expected in the mountains of West Virgina, with locally higher amounts, tonight through Tuesday Night. The southwestern Virginia mountains are forecast to see 1 to 2 feet of snow, with 12 to 18 inches near the North Carolina/Tennessee state line and in the mountains of western Maryland.

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