Hurricane Sandy was barreling toward the Northeast overnight, with “unheard of” wind speeds sustained at 75 mph.
CBS 2 Meteorologist Lonnie Quinn said the storm was moving northeast at 15 mph, and was 530 miles south-southeast of New York City.
The storm could make landfall anywhere between Sandy Hook, N.J., and Delaware, but all areas within about 300 miles will see effects. Winds are expected to be blowing between 70 and 80 mph.
Once the storm arrives, a high-pressure system will have the effect of a cork in a bottle, sealing the storm in the area so it can’t escape, Quinn said.
Once the hurricane makes landfall, 4 to 9 inches of rain, and sustained winds of 40 mph with gusts up to 80 mph are expected. The 40 mph winds could persist for a whole day or even 36 hours.
Shoreline areas could see 10 to 15-foot waves, rip currents, rough surf, and beach erosion. Inland areas will see sustained winds, downed trees, power outages, torrential downpours, and possible tornadoes, Quinn said.
The hurricane will transition to a Nor’easter on land, but don’t think of that as good news, Quinn said.
“It’s a bad thing,” he said. “It’s like giving this storm a Monster energy drink.”
Wind alerts are in effect from 6 a.m. Monday to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Flood alerts are also in effect for the same time period, and not just in coastal regions.
The forecast calls for 5 to 9 inches of rain, while Hurricane Irene gave the area 11. But don’t be fooled, Quinn said, because that figure could go up if the rain persists.
And while Irene hovered over the area for only 3 to 7 hours, the Sandy “Frankenstorm” is expected to remain for 24 to 36 hours.
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