Few people along the Mid-Atlantic really know what it’s like to be in a hurricane. There have been many that passed through as they traveled up the East Coast but it is rare to have one come in and hit the region from the east. This is why Sandy is a very dangerous hurricane event- the lack of experience in how to deal with it could be the biggest issue.
The very latest forecast track takes the large hurricane in to extreme southern New Jersey as a category one. Forget about that for a moment. Think of it like this: a very large wind machine with inches of rain, coastal flooding, huge waves, snow in the mountains and relentless onshore flow is headed for S New Jersey and vicinity. That is what Sandy is likely bringing with it as it travels from the Atlantic, without hitting land mind you. This is what makes it far different. The ocean is plenty warm all the way up to Cape Hatteras’ latitude. Sandy will have only a short time over cold waters near the coast but it won’t matter much. The surge will be put in to motion and the wind and rain will have been battering the region for a day before the center ever arrives. Remember Ike? This is like Ike but in October and on the East Coast.
Tomorrow is an important day. People need to use the time to prepare for Sandy. It won’t be long until we see a hurricane watch go up for some portion of the East Coast. Being ready now will help big time later.
Do what you can to read up about Sandy in the various forecast discussions. Leave the Facebook musings about it alone for a while. Go to the NWS sites and read what they say. The more you know, the less fearful you will be of the unknown. Sandy is the enemy, you need to understand the enemy as best you can. I’ll post more here in the morning with some graphics to try and explain what impacts to expect along the forecast track and the wide swath either side of it.
I will be departing Wilmington, NC, my home town, for the NC Outer Banks some time tomorrow afternoon. From there, I will work with Jesse Bass to bring you reports as often as possible. After we set up some equipment along the Outer Banks Saturday, we will likely head for Maryland or Delaware and possibly New Jersey to catch Sandy at landfall. We’ll provide wind data via Twitter and our Facebook page. We’ll also stream live video to our subscriber site which will include remote cams that we place out in the worst of the conditions. There numerous ways to keep up with our progress and I will post a special blog just about our capabilities later on tomorrow. For now, read up on Sandy, get to know the enemy.