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By: cws6196 , 1:49 PM GMT on October 29, 2012
Sandy is here! Even though she is still off the coast we are now feeling her effects. There is little change in the forecast path with her coming ashore around midnight into S NJ, crossing into DE, MD, then PA. She will still be a powerful category 1 storm when she comes ashore. A concern (besides the obvious) is that some of the data shows her stalling (stopping) around York, PA or so. That stall will keep the winds and rain coming for an extended period. I will look through more data but wanted you to be aware. In Central and S MD tonight into Tues morning will be the toughest time.
TIMING: As the day progresses the conditions will worsen. Heavy rain and strong winds will increase into the evening as Sandy's center approaches the area. Keep in mind that we don't need her to make landfall (center touching land) to feel the strong winds. Where she exactly makes landfall is inconsequential to most of us in Central and S MD. By Wednesday morning conditions should be settling.
RAIN: There are flood warnings and coastal flood warnings issued. We could see 8 or more inches of rain when all is said and done. As of this writing I have recorded about an inch and a half of rainfall. The rain will intensify as the day progresses.
WIND: A high wind warning is in effect and a hurricane wind warning is in effect for the waters. As the evening progresses the winds will increase and we could see prolonged periods of winds in the 50s+ mph gusting into the 70s and 80s+ mph. This will last through Tues morning. Everyone will have high winds, but those closest to the center will experience the strongest winds (those in Cecil, Harford, Baltimore co and S PA).
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