Sandy remains a hurricane, slowly leaving the Bahamas

By: Angela Fritz , 9:28 PM GMT on October 26, 2012

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Reuters reports that the death toll from Sandy in the Caribbean is now up to 41 people as Hurricane Sandy continues its track toward the U.S. East Coast this afternoon, slowly leaving the Bahamas. States of Emergency have been declared in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and New York. The hurricane is just barely still a Category 1 with surface winds of 75 mph and a minimum central pressure of 971 mb. Ocean buoys off the coasts of Florida and the Carolinas are recording sustained winds of around 45 mph this afternoon, with gusts steadily increasing and now up to 60 mph. Sandy's rainfall, which is limited to the north and northeast parts of the storm, is reaching eastern Florida, though most of it is staying offshore.

Satellite loops show an asymmetric Sandy, with almost all of the thunderstorm activity on its north side. The hurricane still has a very clear center of surface circulation which you can see on visible and infrared loops. Though the hurricane is leaving the influence of an upper level low pressure area over western Cuba, water vapor imagery shows a large area of dry air being pulled into the storm from the south, which is leading to the lack of thunderstorm activity and contributing to the weakening that Sandy is experiencing right now. The hurricane's tropical storm-force winds now extend 240 miles from the center, and could grow to 400 miles from the center by the time it reaches the East Coast.


Figure 1. Visible/infrared satellite image of Sandy as it leaves the Bahamas this afternoon. The mid-latitude trough, which Sandy will interact with over the next few days, is seen approaching from the northwest. The cold front associated with this trough is draped from upstate New York south to Louisiana, and appears as a line of clouds draped across the Midwest and South in this image.

Forecast For Hurricane Sandy

As a tropical cyclone approaches land, the worst storm surge is almost always where the winds are blowing from ocean to shore, where the wind pushes the water toward and onto the shore. In the case of Sandy's potential track, this region is on the north side of the center. In this morning's GFS scenario, Sandy's center passes over eastern Long Island, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. This would result in the highest surge north of New York City: Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and possibly Maine. The ECMWF forecast from this morning is a bit further to the south. It's suggesting Sandy's center will meet land in New Jersey. This scenario opens up New York City, Long Island, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and southern coastal Mass. to the largest surge. In general, the places that will avoid the largest storm surge are those that are south of where the center of the storm makes landfall. The National Hurricane Center's forecast is similar to the ECMWF, but most importantly, its forecast is also to not focus on the exact point of landfall because of the size of the storm, and that widespread impact is expected.

The Mid-Atlantic and Northeast coasts should be prepared for a storm surge no matter their exact location. A large portion of the coast will feel the impact of up to 60 mph winds and heavy rain. According to the most recent H*Wind analysis from the Hurricane Research Division is that storm surge has a destructive potential of 4.8 out of 6.0, which is a slight increase from previous analyses. Wind damage potential is holding steady around 2.3 out of 6.0. NOAA's HPC is forecasting rainfall totals of 5 to 10 inches in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, and possibly more in coastal locations close to the core of the storm. Widespread power outages from Maine south to Virginia are likely, due to the combination of long-lived gale-force winds, leaves on trees, and rain that will moisten the soil and possibly increase the chances of falling trees. Snow in the Appalachians is also possible as the intense moisture meets the cold air being pulled south by the mid-latitude trough.


Figure 2. Departure of sea surface temperature from average for the Atlantic shows a large area of unusually warm waters up to 9°F above average off the U.S. mid-Atlantic coast.

Sandy to feed off near-record warm waters off the mid-Atlantic coast
During September 2012, ocean temperatures off the mid-Atlantic coast in the 5x10° latitude-longitude box between 35 - 40°N, 65 - 75° W were 2.3°F (1.3°C) above average, according to the UK Met Office. This is the 2nd greatest departure from average for ocean temperatures in this region since reliable ocean temperature measurements began over a century ago (all-time record: 2.0°C above average in September 1947.) These unusually warm waters have persisted into October, and will enable Sandy to pull more energy from the ocean than a typical October hurricane. The warm waters will also help increase Sandy's rains, since more water vapor will evaporate into the air from a warm ocean. I expect Sandy will dump the heaviest October rains on record over a large swath of the mid-Atlantic and New England.

Hurricane rains and climate change
Hurricanes are expected to dump 20% more rain in their cores by the year 2100, according to modeling studies (Knutson et al., 2010). This occurs since a warmer atmosphere holds more water vapor, which can then condense into heavier rains. Furthermore, the condensation process releases heat energy (latent heat), which invigorates the storm, making its updrafts stronger and creating even more rain. We may already be seeing an increase in rainfall from hurricanes due to a warmer atmosphere. A 2010 study by Kunkel et al. "Recent increases in U.S. heavy precipitation associated with tropical cyclones", found that although there is no evidence for a long-term increase in North American mainland land-falling tropical cyclones (which include both hurricanes and tropical storms), the number of heavy precipitation events, defined as 1-in-5-year events, more than doubled between 1994 - 2008, compared to the long-term average from 1895 - 2008. As I discussed in a 2011 post "Tropical Storm Lee's flood in Binghamton: was global warming the final straw?", an increase in heavy precipitation events in the 21st Century due to climate change is going to be a big problem for a flood control system designed for the 20th Century's climate.


Figure 3. Time series of the 15-yr running average (plotted at the end point of the 15-yr blocks) of the tropical cyclone Heavy Precipitation Index (red) and the associated 15-yr total of U.S. landfalling hurricanes from Atlantic HURDAT hurricane data base, from 1895 - 2008 (blue). Note the steep rise in heavy precipitation events from tropical cyclones over the past 20 years, which has not been accompanied by a corresponding increase in landfalling hurricanes. Image credit: Kunkel et al., 2010, Geophysical Research Letters.

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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Area of interest in the East Pacific.

A WEAK AREA OF LOW PRESSURE LOCATED ABOUT 625 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHWEST
OF MANZANILLO MEXICO IS PRODUCING DISORGANIZED SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS. DEVELOPMENT...IF ANY...OF THIS LOW IS EXPECTED TO
BE SLOW TO OCCUR AS IT MOVES TO THE WEST-NORTHWEST AT ABOUT 10 TO
15 MPH. THIS SYSTEM HAS A LOW CHANCE...10 PERCENT...OF BECOMING A
TROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS.


Is that what we thought was going to become Rosa?
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Quoting sfranz:
I'm in south-central Massachusetts and folks here are watching very closely. The grocery stores are full and people are getting ready. Did my generator check and yard cleanup this afternoon.

There is one concern with potential power outages: We're consistently into the low 40s at night. If outages become extended that could become a serious problem. Irene hit during much warmer conditions.



I came from the NJ area. Just make sure you have lots of blankets and layer your clothes. My mother used to say "if you're cold put on more clothes".
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Area of interest in the East Pacific.

A WEAK AREA OF LOW PRESSURE LOCATED ABOUT 625 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHWEST
OF MANZANILLO MEXICO IS PRODUCING DISORGANIZED SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS. DEVELOPMENT...IF ANY...OF THIS LOW IS EXPECTED TO
BE SLOW TO OCCUR AS IT MOVES TO THE WEST-NORTHWEST AT ABOUT 10 TO
15 MPH. THIS SYSTEM HAS A LOW CHANCE...10 PERCENT...OF BECOMING A
TROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS.
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Here here, Isaac. You ready for your $20? I lose.
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Sandy is eating a ton of dry air:
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:
I doubt winds are much higher than 60mph right now. It may eventually restrengthen slightly but I don't see it reaching hurricane status as a tropical system again.



Pressure's falling though, wind field continues to expand, a lot of people will still see impacts.


It's definitely not going to strengthen again through tropical convective processes. It was also quite obvious yesterday that she would drop below hurricane strength. She will restrengthen in due time, or I'll eat my own words.
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startin' to rock aboard Lady Bug...
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:
I doubt winds are much higher than 60mph right now. It may eventually restrengthen slightly but I don't see it reaching hurricane status as a tropical system again.



Pressure's falling though, wind field continues to expand, a lot of people will still see impacts.


Sandy need start to move... is swallowing a lot of strong dry air..The only moist i think come from the sea
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Quoting TomballTXPride:
18Z HWRF makes a substantial jump to the north from the 00Z, 06Z, and 12Z runs.



Could there in fact be bigger effects in Montreal than in Washington?
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I doubt winds are much higher than 60mph right now. It may eventually restrengthen slightly but I don't see it reaching hurricane status as a tropical system again.



Pressure's falling though, wind field continues to expand, a lot of people will still see impacts.
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... Sandy will be the unusual hurricane that ends up producing snow in its western reaches.

And what a reach. Sandy’s swirling circulation and high winds will reach from Ohio and the Great Lakes region all the way to the New England Coast and down into the Carolinas. “A large number of folks over a very large area, many states, are going to experience a significant wind event, strong tropical force winds to perhaps hurricane winds,” warns James Franklin, the branch chief of NOAA’s National Hurricane Center on a conference call with reporters. The high winds increase the chances of downed trees and power lines; several days of ground-softening rain are likely to increase the risk. As much as 10 inches of rain may fall to the east of wherever the center of the storm comes ashore, and NOAA is currently predicting as much as two feet of snow for the mountains of West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
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I'm one prepared Long Islander. I always have my "disaster supplies" on hand in our house in the first place. I've got 30 one gallon bottles of water. Bags of canned food (With a manual can opener), shelf stable meals, instant coffee packets for single servings, lighters and matches, lots and lots of candles, hurricane lamps and oil, even extra of our cat and bird food. And lots of things like chips, crackers, granola bars, etc.

We have all of our flash lights and batteries, along with these other battery powered lights we place in the house when we lose power, like during Irene and other bad storms.

Plus, my Dad helps out the guy who owns our boat dock all the time, and he will let us borrow one of the huge generators from the marina again like he did during Irene. That thing was amazing for the four days after our power lines went out from when they caught on fire. Was powerful enough for the air conditioners, computers, fridge, random electronics, lights and even the washing machine! We only used it in the morning until around 8PM since it was loud, and the gas is expensive. But what a wonderful thing to have in situations like this.
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193. DrewE
In central VA, already having spots of rain from Sandy moving in...

This is crazy, it's HUGE!
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One minor addition for the prep list for the modern age:

If your internet comes through your landline phone and you connect your modem to a UPS battery you can get some internet access during an outage.

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Quoting CaicosRetiredSailor:



strong dry air
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Recon says the pressure has begun falling, but the winds are also down. We should see Tropical Storm Sandy at 8pm or 11pm EDT.

Expect re-intensification into a hurricane on Sunday or Monday as the storm passes over the Gulf Stream in an extreme baroclinic zone with only moderate wind shear and more than sufficient SSTs.
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Haha, I don't envy anyone here who works at a major retailer. I went through all this with Isaac, and would rather not do it again quite so soon. ;)
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H. Minimum Sea Level Pressure: 966mb (28.53 inHg) - Extrapolated
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Quoting breald:


My family is in the Fall River/Providence area and are preparing,also.

The stores are crazy. Seekonk home Depot has more generators coming in tomorrow AM. My sister got the last one at her local Job Lot. I guess Irene is fresh enough in peoples minds that they know to be ready.
Now I have to convince Mom not to tape the window!

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Quoting LargoFl:

bad time to be on maintenance
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Quoting FLWaterFront:


I understand your fears but I seriously doubt Sandy will have anywhere near as substantial an impact on the election as you are suggesting it might.

Remember that this storm will be at its peak on or around the day before Halloween. That is more than a full week before election day. If anyone is actually prevented from voting because of this storm, it will be those who are not especially motivated and they will break roughly evenly across the board. It is not as if one candidate or another is going to benefit from the "Sandy Effect."

Additionally, nearly every state in the area that is to be most impacted by Sandy is a non-swing state, which means that the outcome is pretty much fixed regardless of turnout. In the presidential race at least, these states are all solidly "blue" states and a lower turnout simply means fewer votes, not a shift in votes.
I think the parties will make more of a fuss about the potential problems the storm will cause than the people doing the voting.

They may make claims such as, it is more convenient for people in urban areas to vote because they have less of a distance to travel to the polling stations, and people in the rural areas (mostly conservative) will have more problems traveling to the polling stations if any damage has occurred to their area.
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,,,lets see if this time the president "sign" the bill for FEMA assistence, a little bit earlier
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ere are some basic items you'll need to stock your hurricane kit.
Food and drink:

Drinking water: 1 gallon per person per day.

Nonperishable food supplies: enough to see you through the first few days. A severe storm can interrupt delivery of fresh food to stores. You need to be ready to feed yourself until stores restock and reopen.

Comfort foods to relieve stress (cookies, pastries).

Toilet paper, paper towels, plates and napkins, plastic tableware and drinking cups, wet wipes, plastic wrap, trash bags.

Two coolers: one for food, one for ice.

Manual can opener.

Health and safety:

Flashlight and batteries for each person in your household.

First aid kit with bandages, antiseptic, tape, compresses, pain reliever, antidiarrhea medication, antacid.

Medications for routine illnesses such as colds.

Liquid soap, hand sanitizer, wet wipes.

Water purification kit.

Two-week supply of vitamins, over-the-counter medications and prescription medicines.

Fire extinguisher.

Battery-powered clock.

Infant necessities: medicine, diapers, formula, bottles, wipes.

Supplies for the elderly or the ill: Depends, bed pads, medications, special foods.

Miscellaneous:

Cleaning supplies: mop, bucket, towels, disinfectant.

Camera or camcorder to record property and document damage for insurance claims.

Plastic trash bags.

If you evacuate:

Pillows, blankets, sleeping bags or air mattresses.

Folding chairs or cots.

Extra clothing and shoes.

Personal hygiene items: toothbrush, washcloth, deodorant, etc.

Food and water.

Earplugs. Shelters can be noisy, and someone sleeping near you may snore.

Prescription medications in their original containers. Shelters are not hospitals and do not have access to drugs or medicine. Bring what you need.

Books, handheld games, cards, toys, needlework, iPod.

Be sure you have . . .

Cash. If the power goes out, ATMs will not work and credit card networks will be down.

Ice.

Paperwork: insurance policy, identification, home inventory, medical insurance card.

Cell phone charger for your car; land-line phone - one that's wired to the wall, not wireless.

A full tank of gas.
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Oop - my bad. The page must not have loaded completely. The model was dropping at 12Z Tuesday. Now I'm getting the full enchilada.
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A NOAA aircraft in Sandy now has indicated the pressure is down to about 967mb.
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Quoting jamesrainier:
look at that pic..the storm is still around florida and the rain band almost hits NY..
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Quoting FLWeatherFreak91:
I have a sick feeling in my stomach when I think of how Hurricane Sandy may affect the elections on the sixth...

The storm will likely be immediately affecting the most populated area of our country up til a few days before the election, and there will also be numerous power outages well beyond Election Day.

You would think that polling stations would have paper ballots on hand in case of a power outage, but this is not required.

Each county can choose to postpone the election up to 14 days, but it is highly likely that any delayed votes will be questioned by the electoral college.

You also have to consider that voter turnout will be greatly reduced in the event of inclement weather and/ power outages. I have a feeling both political parties will go into a craze trying to prove why these possibly late votes should or shouldn't be counted.

Sandy may have more of an effect on our democracy and electoral system than it does on our infrastructure.


I understand your fears but I seriously doubt Sandy will have anywhere near as substantial an impact on the election as you are suggesting it might.

Remember that this storm will be at its peak on or around the day before Halloween. That is more than a full week before election day. If anyone is actually prevented from voting because of this storm, it will be those who are not especially motivated and they will break roughly evenly across the board. It is not as if one candidate or another is going to benefit from the "Sandy Effect."

Additionally, nearly every state in the area that is to be most impacted by Sandy is a non-swing state, which means that the outcome is pretty much fixed regardless of turnout. In the presidential race at least, these states are all solidly "blue" states and a lower turnout simply means fewer votes, not a shift in votes.
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Thanks. Not as many people have generators here because we don't often get hurricanes. I hope people pay close attention to safety if they need to find other ways to keep warm.

Too many problems with fires and CO from bad combustion when people aren't ready for the cold.

Pity that model run ends just as things get very interesting.



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HURRICANE SANDY LOCAL STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL
548 PM EDT FRI OCT 26 2012

...CENTER OF SANDY MOVING SLOWLY NORTH AWAY FROM GREAT ABACO...

...STRONG GUSTY WINDS...SQUALLS AND HIGH SEAS AND SURF WILL
CONTINUE OVERNIGHT...

.NEW INFORMATION...
SQUALLS WITH STRONG WIND GUSTS CONTINUE TO MOVE ONSHORE THE EAST
COAST COUNTIES AND PUSH INTO PORTIONS OF THE INTERIOR. AT 400 PM
WIND GUSTS UP TO 53 MPH WERE REPORTED AT A CAPE CANAVERAL AIR
FORCE STATION WIND TOWER AS AN INTENSE SQUALL BAND MOVED THROUGH.

.AREAS AFFECTED...
THIS LOCAL STATEMENT PROVIDES IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND
RECOMMENDED ACTIONS FOR PEOPLE AND MARINE INTEREST ACROSS EAST
CENTRAL FLORIDA AND THE ADJACENT ATLANTIC WATERS.

.WATCHES/WARNINGS...
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING CONTINUES FOR VOLUSIA...BREVARD...INDIAN
RIVER...SAINT LUCIE AND MARTIN COUNTIES.

FOR MARINE INTERESTS...A TROPICAL STORM WARNING ALSO CONTINUES FOR
ALL OF THE EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA ATLANTIC WATERS.

TROPICAL CYCLONE WATCHES OR WARNINGS ARE NOT IN EFFECT FOR LAKE...
INLAND VOLUSIA...SEMINOLE...ORANGE...OSCEOLA...AND OKEECHOBEE
COUNTIES. A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THESE COUNTIES
UNTIL 800 PM.

.STORM INFORMATION...
AT 5 PM EDT...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE SANDY WAS LOCATED NEAR
LATITUDE 27.3N...LONGITUDE 77.1W. THIS WAS ABOUT 220 MILES
EAST-SOUTHEAST OF CAPE CANAVERAL...OR ABOUT 190 MILES EAST OF
FORT PIERCE. SANDY HAS TURNED TOWARD THE NORTH AND WAS MOVING
NORTH AT 7 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS WERE 75 MPH.

.SITUATION OVERVIEW...
HURRICANE SANDY WILL CONTINUE SLOWLY MOVING SLOWLY NORTH AWAY
FROM GREAT ABACO ISLAND THIS EVENING AND REMAIN WELL OFFSHORE
EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA. THE CENTER OF SANDY IS NOW AT ITS CLOSEST
POINT OF APPROACH FROM THE EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA COAST AND WILL
REMAIN BETWEEN 190 AND 220 MILES OFFSHORE AS IT MOVES NORTHWARD
OVER THE ATLANTIC TONIGHT.

OVER THE COASTAL COUNTIES...PEAK SUSTAINED WINDS BETWEEN 25 AND
35 MPH WITH GUSTS OVER 40 MPH ARE EXPECTED TONIGHT...MAINLY NEAR
THE COAST. SUSTAINED WINDS OVER INTERIOR AREAS WILL REMAIN BETWEEN
15 AND 25 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS.

GUSTS OF 45 TO 55 MPH CONTINUED TO BE REPORTED IN SQUALL BANDS
MOVED ONSHORE THROUGH LATE AFTERNOON. GUSTS OF THIS MAGNITUDE WILL
CONTINUE IN SQUALLS OVERNIGHT...ESPECIALLY NEAR THE BEACHES.

TOTAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES ARE EXPECTED ACROSS THE
COASTAL COUNTIES WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 4 INCHES
IN A FEW COASTAL LOCATIONS. THIS MAY CAUSE LOCALIZED POUNDING OF
WATER IN POOR DRAINAGE AREAS NEAR THE COAST WHERE REPEATED SHOWERS
MOVE ONSHORE.

LARGE AND BATTERING SURF WILL MAKE THE OCEAN EXTREMELY HAZARDOUS
AND ENTERING THE WATER IS NOT ADVISED. MODERATE BEACH AND SOME
DUNE EROSION IS EXPECTED AROUND THE TIME OF THE HIGH TIDE EARLY
THIS EVENING BETWEEN 615 PM AND 645 PM...AND DURING THE NEXT HIGH
TIDE EARLY SATURDAY MORNING BETWEEN 645 AM AND 715 AM.

.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

REMAIN INDOORS DURING PERIODS OF SQUALLY WEATHER. STRONG GUSTY
WINDS COULD BLOW UNSECURED OUTDOOR OBJECTS AROUND AND CAUSE INJURY.
DO NOT VENTURE INTO THE POUNDING SURF.

SMALL CRAFT SHOULD REMAIN IN PORT AND WELL SECURED UNTIL WINDS AND
SEAS SUBSIDE LATER THIS WEEKEND.

&&

.NEXT UPDATE...
THE NEXT LOCAL STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE IN MELBOURNE AROUND MIDNIGHT...OR SOONER IF CONDITIONS
WARRANT.
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Best wishes to everyone in the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast. Hopefully Sandy weakens but, wow, these large storms have a LOT of energy to dissipate before they wind down. Will take a while for this one to blow off all that energy.
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166. DrewE
Quoting FLWeatherFreak91:
postponing the election would cause outright chaos. I hope for the best in this situation.


Dominion Virginia Power has added polling locations to its top priority on power restoration lists, right next to hospitals and emergency response locations.

I assume the same is happening up and down the eastern sea board. Fairly confident that in the event of outages, it will be restored at polling places before election day - though we can't be sure people will take the time to go if power is out at their residence!
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It sounds silly, but based on dealing just with garden variety SoFla power outs, I'd like to suggest that people find out now how to report and how to track local power outs on both their computers and on their phones. Make sure you can make things work- some companies want your account number and in this day of ebills, who has that lying around? Some let you text in an outage report, but you have to register in advance, etc. A little time now will cut your stress later, imho. Be safe, all.
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Quoting sfranz:
I'm in south-central Massachusetts and folks here are watching very closely. The grocery stores are full and people are getting ready. Did my generator check and yard cleanup this afternoon.

There is one concern with potential power outages: We're consistently into the low 40s at night. If outages become extended that could become a serious problem. Irene hit during much warmer conditions.



yes thats going to be a big problem, they are saying outages may last a week or even longer depending..good luck to you up there
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It looks like Sandy may be wrapping up around the center again.
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No rain today here, but still windy, wind now West of South and just now having gusts over 40 mph.
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I'm in south-central Massachusetts and folks here are watching very closely. The grocery stores are full and people are getting ready. Did my generator check and yard cleanup this afternoon.

There is one concern with potential power outages: We're consistently into the low 40s at night. If outages become extended that could become a serious problem. Irene hit during much warmer conditions.



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CoopsWife,

Can you fill a bathtub for flushing water? It's easier. I fill 5 gal. buckets about half way and use those for hand washing and rinsing clothing items in an extended power outage. Everyone has their system.

Good luck from the Gulf Coast.

Steel
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