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At 11 PM ET, the storm formerly known as Sandy was centered near 39.8N 75.4W, about 10 miles southwest of Philadelphia, PA. Sandy was moving northwest at 18 mph and had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. The minimum central pressure is steady at 952 mb (28.11 in Hg).

Hurricane force winds are forecast to be experienced from Chatham, MA south to Chincoteague, VA, including the tidal Potomac, north of Cobb Island to Smith Point, the middle & upper Chesapeake Bay, Delaware Bay, Long Island Sound, the coastal areas of Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, and the northern portions of the Delmarva peninsula. This includes the New York City area and Philadelphia.

Tropical storm force winds are forecast for Chatham, MA north to Merrimack, MA and from Chincoteague, VA, south to Duck, NC, along with the lower Chesapeake Bay.

Storm surge forecasts are listed below:

– 1-3 ft in the middle & upper Chesapeake,
– 2-4 ft in the lower Chesapeake and Tidewater area of Virginia,
– 6-11 ft along Long Island Sound and Raritan Bay,
– 4-8 ft from Ocean City, MD north to Connecticut-Rhode Island border,
– 3-6 ft from Connecticut-Rhode Island border east to south shore of Cape Cod, and
– 1-3 ft from Cape Cod to Maine/Canada border

The storm surge combined with higher neap tides will bring significant coastal erosion and rip tides. Flooding from both storm surge and heavy rain (see map below) is a major concern as the storm moves into Pennsylvania and New York. The other map that’s included is the rainfall totals until 2 PM ET today.

Aaron Studwell

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1 COMMENTS

  1. maria banks Posted on October 27, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Thanks Aaron for keeping those of us who live on the ‘left coast’ informed. Growing up in CT the term Nor’easter was a familiar phrase..Here on the Pacific Coast a few nights ago we had Santa Ana winds which can ‘rumble’ through the house and at the same time completely dry up my sinus’. CAIO -Aunt Marrrria

    PS: keep up the good work!

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