While Sandy blasts across southern New Jersey Monday evening, Boston and southern New England will still be battered by strong winds, locally drenching rain and coastal flooding.
Since Sandy is a large storm in terms of surface area, people should not just focus on the center for greatest impact and damage.
The storm is different than a typical nor'easter in that it will be very strong, very large and rolling inland from the east, like a hurricane. It will retain some features of a hurricane.
The strongest winds will occur Monday night into Tuesday morning.
Gusts of 60 to 70 mph will blast the South Coast. Gusts of 50 to 60 mph are expected in Boston and northern Massachusetts.
Some rain will fall on New England, but the heaviest of Sandy's rain will target the mid-Atlantic.
Rainfall of 1 to 2 inches are forecast over most of New England.
A storm surge of up to 3 feet is expected along Massachusetts' east-facing beaches, but will be higher along the South Coast of New England and significantly higher toward the New York City area. A storm surge of 1 to 3 feet will reach northward along much of the Maine coast. Astronomical tides will be the greatest Monday, due to the full moon.
Even though the worst effects are likely to be centered south and west of Boston, downed trees and power lines, coastal flooding, beach erosion and travel delays are to be expected.
Those looking for a break from the heat across the central United States will be in luck as a slow cooldown is in store starting this weekend.
The midwestern United States will be in the crosshairs of potent thunderstorms into Saturday night.
Much of the eastern United States will continue to swelter with above-average temperatures into the end of the month.
Conditions will deteriorate across Hawaii this weekend as Darby delivers locally heavy rain and rough surf. But the tropical storm will provide long-term benefits.
Stifling heat has been baking the central United States but will finally ease across northern areas this weekend.
Lightning killed a teenager on Friday, the second teen lightning death in three days. With thunderstorms continuing to rattle several parts of the nation, more lives will be at risk.
New Zealand (1995)
Extreme cold - a bay in Littleton Harbor froze for the first time in "living memory".
Simla, CO (1996)
4.5" diameter hail.
Mid-Atlantic Ocean (1788)
(22nd-24th) George Washington Hurricane; After causing ship disasters off SW Bermuda, the storm moved NW over Tidewater, NC and VA to pass right over George Washington's Mt. Vernon plantation. On July 24th, George Washington wrote in his diary: "About noon the wind suddenly shifted from NE to SW and blew the remaining part of the day violently from that quarter. The tide this time rose near higher than it was ever known to do, driving boats, etc. into fields, where no tide had ever been heard of before, and most, it is apprehended, having done infinite damage on their wharves at Alexandria, Norfolk, Baltimore, etc. At home all day."