Sandy Makes Her Move
Posted by Pete Bouchard
We're knee-deep in the winds from Sandy. Gusts already topping 40mph along the coast, and things are only going to get worse.
There are two facets to the storm that have us most concerned: the wind and the coastal flooding. In terms of wind, we've been here before. In terms of coastal flooding, we haven't been here in YEARS.
I know a lot of folks are trying to compare this to storms of the past, and I think that's a good angle to take. So without further adieu:
1) The number of outages will be in the thousands. However, for communities away from the coast (like west of I-128) this WILL NOT be as bad as the Halloween storm or the Ice Storm of 2008. Our gusts will range from 40-50 mph in these areas, and although the power may go out in some areas, it won't go out in all.
2) Coastal flooding will be the worst in years. The coast will get it from both ends: worst in the wind - with some gusts near 70mph, AND inundation of homes, shore roads, whole streets, and neighborhoods. The impact will be greatest at the noontime high tide on Monday. Local authorities may continue to evacuate through the day, so please stay abreast of the situation.
3) Rainfall. Here's where we don't have to worry. Rain will tally 1-2 inches for most areas, with the Greater Worcester area squeeking out 2-4 in some spots (thanks to the fact that the terrain is more hilly).
The storm has started. It will last through Tuesday in terms of wind and nuisance rain, then ease up on Wednesday. Although showers and breezes will persist for Halloween, they'll be lighter all around.
Worst winds will be from late morning straight on into the evening today. Particularly hard-hitting winds will occur from 2pm-7pm. This timeframe will see a lot of downed power lines, detours and road blocks. Be careful on your ride home tonight.
Drizzle this morning will turn to rain this afternoon, then taper to lighter showers by evening as the temperatures soar into the mid and upper 60s! We're on the humid side of this storm, so there is no threat for snow!
Here's the tide info:
Newburyport - Moderate Coastal Flooding, Waves 13-17ft, Surge 3.0 Feet
Gloucester – Moderate Coastal Flooding, Waves 15-20ft, Surge 3.5 Feet
Revere - Major Coastal Flooding, Waves 12-17ft, Surge 3.3 Feet
Boston Harbor - Moderate Coastal Flooding, Waves 2-3ft, Surge 3.3 Feet
Scituate - Major Coastal Flooding, Waves 13-17ft, Surge 3.5 Feet
Sandwich Harbor- Moderate Coastal Flooding, Waves 15-20ft, Surge 3.5 Feet
Provincetown Harbor- Minor/None Coastal Flooding, Waves 3-4ft, Surge 1.8 Feet
Chatham East- Major Coastal Flooding, Waves 13-17ft, Surge 3.0 Feet
Chatham South- Minor/None Coastal Flooding, Waves 1.6ft, Surge 3.0 Feet
Onset- Minor/None Coastal Flooding, Waves 2 ft, Surge 4.0 Feet
Marion- Minor/None Coastal Flooding, Waves 3-5ft, Surge 4.2 Feet
Mattapoisett- Minor/None Coastal Flooding, Waves 5-6ft, Surge 3.0 Feet
Westport- Major Coastal Flooding, Waves 14-16ft, Surge 4.4 Feet
Woods Hole- Minor/None Coastal Flooding, Waves 3ft, Surge 3.7 Feet
Vineyard Haven- Moderate Coastal Flooding, Waves 3-4ft, Surge 3.9 Feet
Nantucket East - Major Coastal Flooding, Waves 11-12ft, Surge 3.9 Feet
Nantucket Harbor- Major Coastal Flooding, Waves 7-8ft, Surge 3.9 Feet
Nantucket South- Moderate Coastal Flooding, Waves 14-16ft, Surge 3.0 Feet
Keep in mind that the tide will come in a few hours before and stay up a few hours after high tide.
Be safe and cautious out there! And remember to stay with 7News throughout the storm.
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Sandy is rocking to the Jersey coast. Her forward speed has increased, resulting in an earlier landfall than expected. We may see her center onshore by 6pm this evening. This means after 7pm these hellacious winds will drop off...albeit slowly.