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By: Buckey2745 , 3:01 PM GMT on October 29, 2012
This is a LiveBlog covering Hurricane Sandy's impact on Central Ohio. Posts are in chronilogical order, with the bottom being the most recent.
10:38am, 37.4°, Wind: NW 11mph Gusting: 14mph
Yesterday afternoon the NWS issued a High Wind Watch, which obviously foreshadowed what came this morning... a High Wind Warning. This is the first High Wind Warning I could find for Central Ohio since October of 2010.... nearly two years ago to the day.
Wind Warnings and Advisories for our area as of this morning
It's clear that the main impact of our area from Sandy is going to be the high winds. The snow is an interesting element, but will have no effect on Central Ohio. The wind however could be just as destructive as Hurricane Ike's reminants in 2008.
Our area should see wind gusts 55-60mph over a 30 hour period, from noon today to 6pm tomorrow. While the wind gusts are just a little less that Ike, the duration will be impressive. In comparison, Ike's winds really only hammered us here in Central Ohio for a 6 hour period.
Power outages will happen. Downed trees. Property damage. It seems imminent.
1:57pm, 39.7°, Wind: NW 13mph Gusting: 26mph
Wind speeds are slowly ramping up around here, with sustained winds seeming more peaks than valleys overall. We did just get our highest gust of the day so far at 26mph, but that's not very impressive. It seems like winds may not kick in to high gear until after dark.
Precipitation is very light right now, and that too will hold off until late to get going. Once it does we can expect to see a mix in to tomorrow morning.
6:38pm, 37.9°, Wind: NW 17mph Gusting: 33mph
Still no seriously high winds, but now that the sun is going down expect winds to pick up. However I'm beginning to get sceptical since winds haven't gotten much more intense than they were about 12 hours ago.
Wind graph for Canal Winchester, OH
But, when you look at the wind graph you can see the slow climb of wind gusts, which leads me to believe we'll still get in High Wind Warning criteria, but it'll take much longer than first suspected.
AEP is only reporting 4,400 currently without power, and South Central Power only reporting a minor 76 customers without power.
The next thing to look out for is tonight's switch over to snow, which should take place after midnight. Temps are still in the upper 30's and the heaviest precip is still around Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Forecasts are looking for close to an inch for us right here in Central Ohio, but I don't think we'll see any accumulation.
10:10pm, 37.1°, Wind: NW 13mph Gusting: 22mph
Winds have leveled off and some light snow is already mixing in. AEP is now reporting power outages are up to 9,037. The extended period of gusty winds are already taking tehir toll.
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