What is Going on With Sandy? -Saturday AM UpdateOctober 27th, 2012 at 9:25 am by Jeff Edmondson WAVY under Weather
As of the 8am update Sandy is once again a hurricane. Wind speeds are around 75mph inside the storm.
At this point Sandy should be making landfall around New Jersey on Tuesday morning, but we are going to see the weather become much more intense before then. Already today we are seeing the rainfall move in from the south. Across the Southside, we should see the rain arrive around noon. For the Peninsula, around 1pm. Then early afternoon for the Middle Peninsula and the Eastern Shore. Rain totals during the day today should be under one inch.
The wind is also increasing as the storm arrives. Wind has been a steady 10-20mph this morning, but by this evening wind speeds should be near 20-30mph. Gusts should be near 40mph for OBX.
This wind is going to increase out tides over this weekend. Tomorrow’s High Tide in the morning around sunrise, at sunset, and the following sunrise tide on Monday will be significant. We will see the tides in the 6-7.5ft range. I know the last two points are harder to see, so I will list them here. Irene has its highest tide at 7.55ft. The 2009 Nor’ Easter had its Tide at 7.74ft. If you had flooding during these events expect this storm to be similar for tomorrow and Monday.
The wind and rain will also be peaking tomorrow and Monday across out area:
For North Carolina, Elizabeth City: 6-8″, OBX 6-8″+, Inland NC: 4-6″.
Wind gusts will be higher closer to the coast.
Eastern Shore: 45 G65
N. Neck/Mid Peninsula: 40 G60
Peninsula: 45 G60
Southside (Coastal): 45 G60
Southside (Inland): 35 G55
NC (Inland): 35G50
OBX: 45 G65
Remember, with this wind and rain it can easily knock down trees and create power outages, so be prepared for that in the coming days. We will continue to monitor the latest on Sandy and pass updates along to you.
One last thing:
For our weather enthusiasts, if you want to help us out, get that rain gauge set up and if you have a anemometer have that ready to go as well. You can post updates and totals on my Facebook Page.
Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson