Hurricane Sandy – *Afternoon Update*October 25th, 2012 at 3:20 pm by Jeff Edmondson WAVY under Weather
This blog continues off of what Jeremy wrote earlier today. If you didn’t see that, you can find that HERE.
Well as of the 2pm update Sandy is still a category 2 hurricane with sustained wind speeds at 105 mph. There is still a good amount of confidence on where this storm is going to be over the next 48 hours, but after that, it is all a big question.
Most of the models still have this storm moving towards land north of Delaware. Regardless one of the biggest issues with this storm will be tidal flooding. We could have to deal with moderate and possibly major tidal flooding if this storm comes on land closer to us. The timing of this storm is still looking like Sunday and into Monday. Even on Tuesday we will still have weather across some of our region from this system.The latest Euro Model brings this storm onshore over the Eastern Shore and eventually over Virginia by Tuesday!
If you notice one thing the models the timing is starting to slow down a little bit. The location of where the storm will be is still the most uncertain thing at this point.
In addition to the potential tidal flooding, wave heights are expected to be very large across the Outer Banks, and also for Virginia Beach.
On Monday Morning the Wave Watch III Model has up to 15ft waves for the Outer Banks and 6-8ft waves for Virginia Beach. Remember, we will still have strong onshore winds on Saturday – Tuesday. We will likely see this swell continue into next week through Wednesday with more of an offshore wind.
If you are living across the Outer Banks and areas in Virginia Beach and you have a boat, you have today, tomorrow, and early Saturday to start taking care of your crafts before the wind speeds pick up Saturday afternoon.
Stay tuned, we will continue to have updates here and also on WAVY-TV.
Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson