Hurricane Sandy, being dubbed the storm of the century...some have named this super storm "Frankenstorm". It's big, full of high winds, a serious threat to the East Coast, and gaining strength. Once a tropical storm brushing Florida, now has gained strength and is barreling towards the East Coast. Where? It doesn't seem to matter with this historic storm. It is likey to produce wind damage, downed power lines,flooding, and likely, loss of lives. Now is the time to prepare for the worst and get out of its way!
"We're looking at impact of greater than 50 to 60 million people," said Louis Uccellini, head of environmental prediction for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Millions along the coast are being told to get out of this storm's way! The impact could effect a third of the United Staes, with the storm reaching out over 800 miles. Now add 75 mph winds and now you have a storm! Not only the threat of rain exists, but snow as well. The higher elevations are likely to see massive snowstorms that could lead to bigger worries like avalanches in following days. It is likely that up to two feeet of snow could fall as far inland as West Virginia.
This particular bundling of three storms is unbelievable. Part Nor'eastern, part hurricane, and part low pressure front from the west are all going to butt heads, but where? That seems to be the question on everyone's minds right now. No one is sure, but the outcome will be devastating!
If you are in any of these areas, the time to get out is now, before the storm get to you. There's no driving in wind-driven rains and snows. Once the storm gets to you, you're stuck there. If you stay to ride it out, I hope you have a safe place to go and are hurricane prepared.