Hurricane SandyOctober 28th, 2012 at 9:40 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
26″ of snow in Garrett Co., Maryland – I-68 was closed. The massive fire in Queens consumed at least 100 homes. Half of Hoboken, NJ was underwater, with 2 fire houses evacuated. 8.5 million customers were without power. 110 fatalities in the U.S. (many hit by falling trees). There were 67 fatalities in the Caribbean and one fatality so far in Toronto (woman hit by a flying sign). Electrical Explosion in NYC! Wind gusts hit 64 mph at the S. Haven Lighthouse and 69 mph at Michigan City, IN. Waves at the mid-Lake Michigan buoy peaked at 20.3 feet (water temp. 53). The water level has surpassed the all-time record at Battery Park in NYC, 13 ft. storm surge. More than a million customers without power now. The center of Sandy came onshore late this afternoon and is moving thru Pennsylvania, later to turn north into New York State and up into Quebec. By Midnight, 12″ of new snow was reported at Odd, West Virginia with 6″ at Beckley. Coastal Flooding. Wind Gusts: 124 mph Mt. Washington NH, 94 mph Eaton’s Neck NY, 89 mph at Surf City, NJ, 85 mph Plum Is. (northeast edge of Long Island) and Madison CT, 90 mph Islip NY, 79 mph at New York (JFK), 78 mph at Newark NJ, 76 mph Bridgeport and Groton CT., 71 mph at N. Philadelphia, 69 mph New York Harbor, 61 mph Wallops IS. VA, 60 mph Boston, 59 mph Providence RI, Pamona NJ and Sussex NJ, and Trenton NJ. They’ve had a gust over 60 mph in St. Clair Co. Michigan with tree damage. pic.twitter.com/7DVhqcup Much of Atlantic City NJ has been underwater. 60 mph gusts at the shore. 30-foot waves on the coast! 45-foot waves forecast just offshore. The Atlantic City Boardwalk is already starting to disintrigrate. 25-foot waves reported in Cape May, NJ. Water was up to New York Ave., 2 blocks from the beach. Buoy reports wind gust of 130 mph! Sandy moved onshore in S. New Jersey late Monday PM and is now moving thru Pennsylvania toward N.Y. and Quebec. Here’s a satellite loop. Webcams to watch. Here’s a picture of the Ventnor Pier (you might know that place from Monopoly), which is just south of Atlantic City. Check the current tide at Atlantic City. Here’s JFK in NYC at 8:30 PM Sunday evening! This will be a historic storm from S. New England down to Washington D.C…all-time record low pressures for New Jersey and Delaware. The strong E-SE wind to the north of where the center comes ashore (New Jersey, New York, possibly all the way NE to Cape Cod. will create a very high storm surge, made worse because of the full moon. 72-hour rainfall forecast up to 11″. BLIZZARD Warnings are up for the higher mountain areas of W. Virginia. Pictures here.
Links: New Jersey/NYC weather map, surface weather observations for New Jersey, E. Penn., Delaware, E. Maryland, estimated rainfall, Storm Discussion from the Hurricane Center, Forecast Advisory, Public Advisory, New York (City) radar, Long Island radar, New Jersey radar, Delaware radar, E. Virginia radar, E Coast Regional radar, Great Lakes Regional radar, Boston radar, New York City NWS Forecast Discussion, Philadephia NWS Forecast Discussion.
Check out Cool Weather for Storm Reports. Also, Local Storm Reports from: Wash. D.C./MD, E. North Carolina, E. Virginia. Here‘s snow reports from W. Virginia. Also, from Joe D’Aleo: “Gasoline spiked today as 70% of the refinery capacity was shut down as a precaution (Philadelphia/Delaware Bay). If there is damage from flooding and the refineries are not able to go back on in a day or so, expect to see $4 gas again in the east. That area accounts for 2/3rds of the eastern gasoline.”