It looks like people who are struggling to recover from Sandy will have to deal with an obstacle: a Nor’easter. the global models are forecasting the development of a coastal storm within the next 4 to 5 days off the coast of North Carolina. While not particularly intense in any other year, this storm will be a problem due to the extremely vulnerable, and battered, coastline.
Dunes are eroded, beaches are flattened and the people who live in the region are not in any mood for more weather nonsense. Unfortunately, it looks like there will be no choice but to deal with what’s coming.
From the looks of things now, the storm will organize off of North Carolina and bring heavy rain and strong winds to the immediate coastal area. A persistent northeast wind is likely for areas north of the circulation center. This means that coastal New York and New Jersey may see another flooding event, especially considering the current conditions there.
I highly recommend that people from North Carolina up through New England stay on top of the National Weather Service local information. We may see watches and warnings for high winds, coastal flooding and rainfall go up. This is not what the region needs but there is no avoiding it. Knowing that it is coming several days in advance may help to mitigate issues that could otherwise slow down recovery efforts.
I’ll post a special video blog about the coastal storm to our app and our YouTube channel later this afternoon with a link posted here in a separate blog.
Elsewhere, the tropics are not an issue.