As of 5pm, Sandy has maximum sustained winds of 75mph around her core, and she continues to move to the north-northeast at 15mph. Despite the fact that she is well to our south, effects from Sandy can still be felt here. This is a large, powerful, and very dangerous storm, with tropical storm force winds being felt several hundred miles away from the core. Sandy’s anticipated left hand turn to the west won’t occur for another twelve or so hours, but when it does, that is when we really will begin to feel her power in the region.
The worst of Sandy’s rainfall, winds, and surge will arrive in the morning on Monday and last through much of the day. Her anticipated landfall as of right now remains to be central New Jersey just to the north of Atlantic County. This can still change right up to the zero hour, so stay tuned to NBC40 and all social media outlets that Dan, Rick, and I cover for the latest updats on this dangerous storm. Here is a brief list and description of just some of what can be expected from Sandy as she approaches.
COASTAL FLOOD WARNING: With a full moon and strong storm surges acting together, coastal flooding will be a high concern. We do expect the worst of this coastal flooding to occur Monday morning during the AM high tide which will begin around 7 to 9am on the ocean and 8 to 10am on the bay.
A second abnormally high tide is also expected twelve hours later may be possible depending on the speed of Sandy’s movement as she makes her way inland. The worsty of the coastal flooding and surge will likely stay to our north and west, but that does NOT mean that we will see significantly less in that respect.
FLOOD WATCHES: Due to the extremely heavy rainfall amounts that are expected (6+ inches of rain certainly not out of the question), flood concerns are also high. What will also make this situation even worse is the amount of foliage on the ground and still in the trees. Heavy rain and high winds will knock these leaves down and rush them towards any nearby storm drains. That’s where we begin to see problems. With quickly clogging storm drains, urban flooding will become a very real and serious concern.
MARINE ADVISORIES: Hurricane force wind warnings extend out to 20 nautical miles (nm) from shore, while hurricane warnings go beyond that 20nm mark. Seas over 15 – 20 feet are likely in the near range, but waves over 30 feet are also likely further out to sea. Winds will also be strong at 55kts and above.
HIGH WIND WARNING: High wind statements are out for the entire region on both the mainland and the coast. Maximum sustained winds will likely reach the 40-60mph range on land, while coastal points will be even windier due to a lack of surface friction (Mainland points have the added bonus of terrain and trees to buffer the wind).
Coastal winds will likely reach 50 – 65mph. All locations will see the possibility for hurricane force gusts at any point during this storm.
Follow the recommendations of Local Emergency Management Officials and of course the NBC40 weather team will have continuing coverage. Stay tuned and stay safe South Jersey!