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.
A change in the weather pattern will signal warmer, more summerlike conditions across the East Coast to bring in the new month.
After an earthquake hit in the area, the Bardarbunga volcano erupted Friday in Iceland, causing a temporary no-fly order.
As Cristobal loses its tropical characteristics, attention is turning toward the Bay of Campeche for potential development next week.
An outbreak of severe weather, including tornadoes, will evolve on Sunday from the northern and central Plains to part of the Upper Midwest.
Tropical downpours along the coasts of Texas and Louisiana will encompass more of the lower Mississippi Valley through Saturday, creating slowdowns for holiday travelers.
Large, powerful waves crashed against the sandy shorelines of the East and West coasts this week, stirred by the onset of two hurricanes.
Santa Cruz (1929)
Coastal Steamer San Juan (over 2,000 tons) was rammed off Pigeon Point near Santa Cruz, CA by the oil tanker S.C.T. Doss which was proceeding at "excessive speed in fog without sounding fog signals". 70 passengers and crew of San Juan drowned.
East Coast (1954)
Hurricane Carol hit with the single greatest property loss to date.
Raleigh, NC (1965)
46 degrees -- coldest ever in August.