HURRICANE UPDATE: Monday Morning + John Ghiorse’s Outlook
Monday, October 29, 2012
Sandy, heading into Monday morning
This morning Sandy was located just over 400 miles south of Providence, moving north around 14 MPH. The eventual landfall of the center should be late tonight along the New Jersey coast which means the center of the storm will miss us by close to 300 miles. But as previously stated this storm covers a very large area and dangerous weather conditions exist over a few hundred miles from the storm center. The most servere affects will hit to our west through New York and New Jersey but we can still expect some devastating weather especially along and near the coast.
What Monday holds for Rhode Island
It looks like we can expect to see wind gusts along the coast in the range of 40-75 mph much of this afternoon and evening along with severe shoreline and beach battering. Inland gusts should reach over 60 mph. Widespread power outages are likely. A tidal storm surge of 3-6 feet late today and this evening likely will cause major flooding along the coast and around Narragansett Bay. Tides are high between 8 and 9 PM. This is the most serious coastal flood threat since Hurricane Bob in 1991. We will see bands of heavy rain move across the area but the heaviest rain should occur to our west through New York and New Jersey so river and stream flooding is not expected here.
Be prepared, be safe
All your preparations for the storm should be complete at this time. I will continue to update you throughout the storm.
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