Hurricane Sandy is the storm of the hour, and this Halloween’s storm has been dubbed “The Bride of Frankenstorm.” The hurricane formed as a tropical storm on October 22nd, and the presence of hot towers made it likely that the storm would increase in intensity, which unfortunately was the case.
How Hurricane Sandy Developed
Sandy increased rapidly into a Category Two hurricane status, blasting its way through Cuba and causing 22 deaths. Sandy also raced through Jamaica and the Bahamas, causing flooding. In recent days, Sandy has merged with a cold front near the U.S. East Coast, and the combination of the two storms has caused a much larger storm area that stretches across the coast for thousands of miles. In addition to problems associated with the vast area that the storm covers, the fact that high wind and rain is combining with a higher than usual tide has caused preparations for high storm surges in coastal areas.
Storm Tracker: Where is Hurricane Sandy Now?
Sandy’s still offshore, but landfall is expected early in the evening of October 29, 2012, in southern New Jersey and Delaware. There are concerns that life-threatening storm surges may occur in those areas, combined with hurricane-force winds of 75 mph.
Areas of New York City are already experiencing flooding, with up to 11 feet of water expected in lower Manhattan. More than 375,000 people have been urged to leave the area.
Hurricane Sandy’s Projected Path
Hurricane Sandy is expected to bring 3 to 8 inches of rain to areas along the US East Coast and inland areas as it arcs its way up toward central Canada. In addition, heavy snowfall and blizzard conditions are expected from western Maryland to southwestern Virginia, with accumulations of 1 to 2 feet of snow anticipated in these areas. Sandy will likely move inland then, paying a visit to areas around Rochester, New York on Halloween. Hurricane Sandy is projected to hit the Ottawa region on November 1st as a tropical depression, then it will likely move on towards New Brunswick for November 3rd.
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