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Update On Powerful Hurricane Sandy

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By Brandon Redmond

Hurricane Sandy will likely be a storm we never forget and there is a good chance the hurricane could be one of the costliest storms we've ever seen in the United States. Sandy currently has 75 mph winds but the big difference with Sandy compared to most hurricanes is that Sandy is literally an absolutely huge hurricane with tropical storm force winds extending almost 500 miles out from the center! Sandy will only get stronger in the coming days as the hurricane merges with another weather system coming out of the Great Lake States. Here's the latest track of Sandy which continues to show the storm making landfall somewhere in New Jersey.

 

The storm surge with Sandy will possibly be record breaking as the storm moves from East to West and water just piles up as it heads towards the shores of Delmarva, New Jersey and even New York City. Coastal Flooding and widespread flooding will be likely across much of the Northeast and Middle Atlantic.

Wind damage is also a huge threat with Sandy. 40-50 mph winds will be likely all the way from Indiana to Maine with much higher winds across Coastal areas.

As colder air gets wrapped into the Hurricane, very heavy snow will likely fall from the Mountains of North Carolina and Virginia into West Virginia and even into Ohio. Portions of West Virginia will likely be measuring the snow in the feet. Some of our forecast models show a large part of West Virginia picking up 20-30" of snow!

Numerous states including Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina and the District of Columbia have declared a State of Emergency ahead of Sandy. We will have the latest information on Sandy throughout the day and the weekend. 

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