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By: wxchaser97 , 3:22 AM GMT on October 31, 2012
Hurricane Sandy has made landfall near Atlantic City, NJ with 75-80mph winds. Sandy now has 40-45mph winds and advisories are being issued by the HPC. Sandy was in the process of transitioning extra-tropical and was declared post-tropical just before landfall. Recon was finding hurricane force winds but Sandy becoming cold-core. The cool shelf waters and baroclinic energy was the catalyst for the transition. Sandy had a record TS force wind radius, just one record Sandy broke. Her large size and winds field also created a big storm surge for some areas. Sandy continues inland with gusty winds and heavy rain but she is weakening rather quickly. Wind and rain is still impacting the Great Lakes and NE and this will continue for another day or two. Sandy was pretty well on track with my forecast track and intensity, just a little to the south. Models had a good handle on track but kept initializing her too weak, thus they showed a pressure that was higher than it actually was. I felt that the NHC and NWS did their job in issuing warnings and how they handled Sandy. Sandy is a very historic storm and she won't soon be forgotten.
Hurricane Sandy has done a big amount of damage to the Mid Atlantic and NE. Sandy's storm surge, wind, and even rain have created big problems. Her storm surge is her greatest impact and that is what she will be remembered for the most. Battery Park was flooded more than Irene was able to and many other places flooded more than Irene. Battery Park reached 13.88 feet and other stations reached 11-14 feet. This is a little higher than what the NHC had predicted, but they did send out a big message before the surge. Many places in zones A, B, and possibly even C have flooded in NYC. Numerous cars are under water and building flooded. The NYC subway system has flooded and the flooding was confirmed by MTA. The economic effects of the surge in NYC alone will be devastating. Historic water levels were reached and it has had devastating results. The WTC site, tunnels/subways, businesses, landmarks, airports, and homes are under water. Fires have broke out including a 100 house fire in Queens. That fire has been put out mostly but fires from downed power lines are still possible. People have been killed in the NYC area, mostly dues to downed trees. New York, though, wasn't the only area that saw major flooding. Ocean City and Atlantic City are both totally under water. Long Island, CT, RI, and MA have all seen ocean flooding. Even Cleveland, OH and parts of MI have seen lake flooding from Sandy. Wind has knocked out power to over 8 million people and this number continues to rise. Trees and power lines have been knocked down all over the eastern US. Millions of people will be spending the night in the dark. More details will continue to emerge and I still can't cover everything yet. We must hope that no more deaths are confirmed and no more damage occurs. I expect that final damage costs may rise to over 75 billion dollars. Right now nearly 50 people are dead and 8.2 million without power in 17 states. While the power number is dropping the deaths could rise. I even have family in NYC so I am personally touched by Sandy. She is doing fine but she is without power and transportation. This is a dangerous situation and will continue to only get worse as damage searches and surveys happen. My thoughts go out to those who have been affected by Sandy.
Have a great day everyone and I will have a new update tomorrow. This blog was originally written in the morning but internet problems didn't allow me to post this entry until now.
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