IBT, By Brett Forman, October 27
Tropical Storm Sandy regained hurricane-force winds on Saturday as it headed for the U.S. northeast, where for preparations continue for one of the worst storms in decades along the U.S. East Coast.
Sandy had been downgraded to tropical storm status early Saturday morning, but the National Hurricane Center reported that U.S. Air Force aircraft recorded hurricane-force winds only a couple of hours later.
A state of emergency was declared in Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland and Washington, D.C.. and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a press conference that the city may have to evacuate up to 375,000 people before Sandy makes landfall.
Hurricane Sandy Predicted To Resemble 1991 ‘Perfect Storm’
IBT, By Roxanne Palmer | October 26
Could Hurricane Sandy spawn a perfect storm?
At 11 a.m. Eastern time on Friday, Sandy, which is currently a Category 1 hurricane, was passing over the Abaco Islands in the northern Bahamas. At least 15 people have died in the storm thus far, with 11 casualties in Cuba. And if meterologists’ predictions are correct, Sandy is just warming up — long after most believed that hurricane season was behind us.
“This is a beyond-strange situation,” Weather Channel hurricane specialist Bryan Norcross wrote in a blog post at Weather Underground on Friday. “It’s unprecedented and bizarre.”
Hurricanes usually head out to sea this time of year – it’s pretty much unheard of for an October tropical system to head left and slam into the Northeastern coast, according to Norcross. But that’s what might happen.
Most reliable computer forecast models are predicting that Sandy’s impact will be historic. The hurricane is in the right spot to be sucked back inland by a storm system called a midlatitude trough, which is rolling in from the west. (While Sandy’s companion storm is still unnamed, perhaps ‘Danny’ is appropriate?)
New York City Considering Evacuations As Hurricane Sandy Strengthens
IBT, By Eric Brown, October 27
As Hurricane Sandy approaches New York City, officials have been discussing plans to evacuate residents in low-lying areas and possibly shut down the city’s subway system for fear of flooding.
Hurricane Sandy is likely to merge with two other intense weather patterns to create a “Frankenstorm” that is expected make landfall in the New York City metropolitan area early Tuesday morning. New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a statewide state of emergency.
Currently, roughly 375,000 New Yorkers live in low-lying areas that would have to be evacuated in the case of a severe hurricane. Mayor Bloomberg has not yet announced whether or not residents in these areas would need to evacuate.
“This is a very dangerous storm,” Bloomberg said Friday at a news conference in City Hall. “Hopefully, tomorrow night we’ll have better news that it’s likely to go somewhere else, but even then, it could change at the last minute, because that’s the way the weather is.”