Sandy Now A Hurricane; Watches Issued For East Coast of Florida
Sandy was upgraded to a hurricane this morning and continues to strengthen! Tropical storm watches have been issued for the East Coast of Florida as the track of the Hurricane continues to slowly move towards the Eastern Coast of the Sunshine State.
Sandy is currently located just South of Jamaica packing winds of 80 mph. Hurricane Warnings are in effect for Jamaica and Eastern Cuba. As Sandy moves to the North, some additional strengthening is likely.
Sandy's next target is the Bahamas, but of course all eyes continue to be on the Northeast. As you've probably heard, much of our forecast guidance has Sandy moving into portions of the Middle Atlantic and Northeastern United States just in time for Halloween.
Yesterday much of our forecast guidance was still taking Sandy out to sea and not impacting the Northeast, but as I told you yesterday evening in my blog entry, our most reliable model had Sandy turning and walloping the Northeastern United States. Sure enough as I look at the model guidance this morning, nearly all of our forecast models have trended West and are now showing the storm pounding the Northeast early next week. Here's a look at the model guidance yesterday compared to today. Notice the huge shift with nearly all of the models placing the track West, just as I suspected last evening.
Here's a little bit of what the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, New Jersey had to say about Sandy in their morning forecast discussion.
AS MODEL SOLUTIONS COME TO CLOSER AGREEMENT, ADDITIONAL ADJUSTMENTS CAN BE MADE TO THIS