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Sandy 2

Original Mothership

WUNDERGROUND

Latest NOAA Advisory

...Sandy now moving north-northwestward and accelerating...
...Expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and coastal
hurricane winds plus heavy appalachian snows...

summary of 800 am EDT...1200 UTC...information
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location...36.8n 71.1w
about 265 mi...425 km se of Atlantic City New Jersey
about 310 mi...505 km SSE of New York City
maximum sustained winds...85 mph...140 km/h
present movement...NNW or 330 degrees at 20 mph...32 km/h
minimum central pressure...946 mb...27.94 inches

watches and warnings
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changes with this advisory...

none.

Summary of watches and warnings in effect...

a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* north of Surf City to Duck North Carolina
* Pamlico and Albemarle sounds
* Bermuda

in addition...hurricane-force winds are expected along portions of
the coast between Chincoteague Virginia and Chatham Massachusetts.
This includes the tidal Potomac from Cobb Island to Smith Point...
the middle and upper Chesapeake Bay...Delaware Bay...and the coasts
of the northern Delmarva Peninsula...New Jersey...the New York City
area...Long Island...Connecticut...and Rhode Island.

Tropical-storm-force winds are expected north of Chatham to
Merrimack River Massachusetts...the lower Chesapeake Bay...and
south of Chincoteague to Duck North Carolina...the northern
endpoint of the Tropical Storm Warning.

Other coastal and inland watches and warnings are in effect for
these areas. Please see statements from local National Weather
Service forecast offices.

For storm information specific to your area in the United
States...including possible inland watches and warnings...please
monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service
forecast office. For storm information specific to your area outside
the United States...please monitor products issued by your National
meteorological service.

Discussion and 48-hour outlook
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at 800 am EDT...1200 UTC...the center of Hurricane Sandy was located
near latitude 36.8 north...longitude 71.1 west. Sandy is now moving
toward the north-northwest near 20 mph...32 km/h.  A turn toward the
northwest is expected later this morning...followed by a turn toward
the west-northwest tonight.  On the forecast track...the center of
Sandy will move over the coast of the mid-Atlantic states this
evening or tonight.

Reports from an Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft indicate that
the maximum sustained winds remain near 85 mph...140 km/h...with
higher gusts. Sandy is expected to transition into a frontal or
wintertime low pressure system prior to landfall. However...this
transition will not be accompanied by a weakening of the system...
and in fact...a little strengthening is possible during this
process. Sandy is expected to weaken after moving inland.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles...280 km...from
the center...and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 485
miles...780 km.  Sustained tropical-storm-force winds are occurring
along the coasts of southern New Jersey...Delaware...and eastern
Virginia...and extend as far inland as the central and southern
Chesapeake Bay.

The minimum central pressure estimated from hurricane hunter
aircraft data is 946 mb...27.94 inches.

Hazards affecting land
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wind...tropical storm conditions...or gale force winds...are already
occurring over portions of the mid-Atlantic states from North
Carolina northward to Long Island.  Gale force winds are expected
to continue to spread over other portions of the mid-Atlantic
coast...New York City...and southern New England later this
morning.  Winds of hurricane force could reach the mid-Atlantic
states...including New York City and Long Island...later today.
Winds affecting the upper floors of high-rise buildings will be
significantly stronger than those near ground level.

Storm surge...the combination of an extremely dangerous storm surge
and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be
flooded by rising waters. The water could reach the following
depths above ground if the peak surge occurs at the time of high
tide...

NC north of Surf City including Pamlico/Albemarle sounds...4 to 6 ft
se VA and Delmarva including lower Chesapeake Bay...2 to 4 ft
upper and middle Chesapeake Bay...1 to 3 ft
Long Island Sound...Raritan Bay...and New York Harbor...6 to 11 ft
elsewhere from Ocean City MD to the CT/RI border...4 to 8 ft
CT/RI border to the South Shore of Cape Cod including Buzzards
Bay and Narragansett Bay...3 to 6 ft
Cape Cod to the MA/NH border including Cape Cod Bay...2 to 4 ft
MA/NH border to the U.S./Canada border...1 to 3 ft

surge-related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge
and the tidal cycle...and can vary greatly over short distances.
Given the large wind field associated with Sandy...elevated water
levels could span multiple tide cycles resulting in repeated and
extended periods of coastal and Bayside flooding.  In addition...
elevated waters could occur far removed from the center of Sandy.
Furthermore...these conditions will occur regardless of whether
Sandy is a tropical or Post-tropical cyclone.  For information
specific to your area...please see products issued by your local
National Weather Service office.

Rainfall...rainfall totals of 3 to 6 inches are expected over far
northeastern North Carolina with isolated maximum totals of 8 inches
possible.  Rainfall amounts of 4 to 8 inches are expected over
portions of the  mid Atlantic states...including the Delmarva
Peninsula...with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches possible.
Rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches with isolated maximum amounts of
5 inches are possible from the southern tier of New York state
northeastward through New England.

Snowfall..snow accumulations of 2 to 3 feet are expected in the
mountains of West Virginia with locally higher totals today through
Wednesday.  1 to 2 feet of snow is expected in the mountains of
southwestern Virginia to the Kentucky border...with 12 to 18 inches
of snow in the mountains near the North Carolina/Tennessee border
and in the mountains of western Maryland.

Surf...dangerous surf conditions will continue from Florida through
New England for the next couple of days.

Next advisory
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next complete advisory...1100 am EDT.

$$
Forecaster Stewart

FROM CWG Capital Weather Gang
Hurricane Sandy is headed toward the coast, and impacts across the D.C. area are growing. So far this morning, the main story locally is heavy rain and reports of standing water or localized flooding. The 1-2” that has fallen in the immediate area is just the start. The most recent projection from NOAA shows 6 to 7 inches of rain across the region.

Additionally, winds are increasing. Gusts as high as 30-40 mph are now pushing into the area and this will likely step up markedly heading into the afternoon and evening. Last hour, D.C. reported a wind gust to 36 mph, the strongest so far, and nearing a point where light tree and other damage might occur.

Sandy is stronger than it was last night, thanks to another deepening phase. However, if you look at it closely, it doesn’t resemble your typical hurricane. That’s because the storm transition is well underway. Our hurricane expert Brian McNoldy notes: “It actually has a warm front forming off to its east and a cold front to its south… a sign that it’s transitioning to an extratropical or mid-latitude cyclone.”

The fact that Sandy is losing tropical characteristics does not make it any less of a threat. As we’ve stated for days, this storm is humongous and full of wind, surge and rain. Sustained winds may even continue to increase before landfall, or at least hold steady. There are signs that the storm continues to strengthen.

Sandy is not just large, but it has in­cred­ibly low pressure readings. The last advisory showed it to be at 946 mb (27.93”). This has already tied the Long Island Express of 1938 for the lowest pressure from a tropical system north of Cape Hatteras, NC. Plotted against all other storms in the Atlantic tropical database, Sandy is truly a rare one. ­­

Before you lose power (hopefully not, but it appears many will), check out the U.S. wind map today. It’s pretty amazing!

Ok all  I have to get on the road to work. I'll update when I can

8:14 AM PT: Ht to jimstaro the link is in his comment. Sorry posting from my phone so kind of hard to copy and paste links effectively
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2012 – Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has appointed “dual status” commanders – those authorized to command both federal and state National Guard forces – in preparation for Hurricane Sandy.
 As federal and state officials prepare for Sandy to make landfall between the Delaware and New York coasts tomorrow, Panetta agreed with the governors of several northeast coastal states to appoint the commanders “with the goal of helping to save lives and property during the storm,” a Pentagon spokesman said in a press release issued yesterday.
 “This special authority enables [the commanders] to effectively integrate the defense support operations and capabilities that governors request,” the official said. Panetta made the appointments at the request of the governors of Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, he said.
 “The secretary is prepared to quickly agree to similar requests from other states,” he said.

8:20 AM PT: http://charlestown.patch.com/.... MBTA closing. Get home asap if you're in these areas.

9:09 AM PT: Obama to speak at 1245...

9:36 AM PT: http://www.boston.com/...

Update from MA 17000 people without power already.

12:18 PM PT: Link to an article about Obama's comments
http://abcnews.go.com/...

12:23 PM PT: Sandy live log one http://www.dailykos.com/...

Sorry I haven't been updating much. Been at work and the only internet I have is my phone.

1:34 PM PT: http://www.latimes.com/...

They continue to guard the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier. Moving article

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