HURRICANE SANDY HAS MADE THE TURN TOWARDS THE COAST… THE STORM HAS ALSO INTENSIFIED… THE MID-ATLANTIC AND NORTHEASTERN STATES BRACE FOR A BRUTAL ONSLAUGHT FROM SANDY… HEAVY SNOW IS IN THE FORECAST FOR SOME PARTS OF THE APPALACHIANS

Hurricane Sandy as of this writing has maximum sustained winds of 85 MPH and as the models predicted, the barometric pressure has fallen to an incredible 946 millibars! The storm has made the much anticipated turn towards the coast and is now moving N-NW. The storm is affecting an extremely large area of the country. Even areas as far away as the Great Lakes will be impacted by this monster storm. High waves are expected in some of the Great Lakes due to the strong winds. The storm will also be transitioning to a extra-tropical storm today as it interacts with fronts and upper level energy in the jet stream. The reason that the storm is taking this very unusual track is due to a negatively tilted trough. With the storm coming from the southeast,coastal flooding could be significant in parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast as the water piles up along the coast. Hurricane force gusts will be causing power outages for many areas from NC to parts of New England.  Inland areas will also experience the strong winds as this is a very deep and massive storm. As cold air moves into the circulation on the western side of the storm, snow is expected in parts of the Appalachian Mountains. Since the high winds extend far from the center of the storm, you should not focus on where the center is. It will be interesting to see how this unprecedented track of this massive storm impacts us here in Hampton Roads. The wind direction will slowly change as the storm moves NW. Winds may actually increase again later this afternoon, especially in our northern areas, as the pressure gradient tightens. On Tuesday, the winds will slowly be subsiding as the storm moves inland to our north. Things should settle down here on Wednesday.

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