HURRICANE SANDY IS EXPECTED TO BECOME A HYBRID STORM AS IT MOVES NORTHWARD… THE EXACT IMPACTS OF THIS STORM ARE NOT CERTAIN BUT COASTAL FLOODING, HIGH WINDS, BEACH EROSION, AND FLOODING RAINFALL MAY BE SERIOUS THREATS IN MANY AREAS FROM THE SOUTHEASTERN STATES ALL THE WAY UP INTO THE NORTHEASTERN STATES

Hurricane Sandy has the potential to be a real problem for a large area of the Eastern U.S. Since this is late October, it may not be the typical hurricane and the storm may become a hybrid storm as it interacts with energy in the atmosphere and other weather systems as it moves generally northward. This means that it could take on characteristics of a mid-latitude extra tropical cyclone. Even though it may not be a purely tropical cyclone, it still could be a very formidable storm. The wind field should expand much further out from the center than the typical tropical cyclone. Many of the computer models have the storm, which is moving northwest now, turning northeastward and then back to the northwest towards the Northern Mid-Atlantic coastline. That could mean very serious conditions for the folks up that way. The exact timeline is a bit uncertain as the storm is expected to slow down for a while. Right now, it appears that conditions will begin to really deteriorate late Saturday. By Sunday morning, Hampton Roads should be experiencing windy and rainy conditions. How windy it becomes and how much rainfall we receive depends on how close the storm tracks along the coast. Also, the intensity and the structure of the storm is not certain when it gets up to our latitude. Coastal flooding could be a very serious issue here in Hampton Roads. And, of course, power outages could also be an issue. This all depends on how strong the winds are. So, please stay tuned to the local media sources and also monitor the National Hurricane Center’s website for the very latest on this storm. Once the storm moves away early next week, cooler weather will move into Hampton Roads.

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