The following states / areas have issued a State of Emergency: Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. If you know of others at this time, please let me know in the comments. Thanks ~ Ed
Here’s the latest on Sandy – Winds: 75 mph | Pressure 958 mb | Location: 29.0N 76.0W (190 miles North0Northeast of Great Abaco Island, 355 miles Southeast of Charleston South Carolina) | Moving NNE at 9 mph. Currently Tropical storm force winds extend out 450 miles and Hurricane winds out 105 miles from the center.
Turing our focus to areas that will be impacted in the short term by Sandy: For eastern North Carolina including the coastal areas we can expect Moderate coastal flooding tonight into Monday. Storm Surge combined with rainfall estimates at this time may cause inundation from 1 to 5 feet ‘above ground’ North of Cape Hatteras Ocean side, Cape Lookout to Cape Hatteras Ocean side, North of Surf City to Cape Lookout. On the sound side 3 to 5 feet ‘above ground’ may be seen along the Southern Pamlico Sound and Lower Neuse ‘Today and Sunday’ and anywhere on the sound side of the Outer Banks ‘Sunday into Monday’ including Roanoke Island. There is some uncertainty in the exact areas that will see this but it remains possible across a large area.
Winds will also be strong and gusty ‘tonight into Monday’ along Coastal areas sustained at 35 to 45 mph with gusts 50 to 65 mph. Further inland winds will be 25 to 35 mph with gust 40 to 50 mph. Now is a great time to secure loose belongings that are outside if you haven’t already done so. Rip currents will be dangerous with breaking waves 8 to 12 feet ‘today’ and will cause significant beach erosion. Please stay out of the ocean.
Stay with us for timely updates and the latest information as this storm unfolds at Foot’s Forecast: The Tropical Zone .