People in Pennsylvania and surrounding states are being hit hard with damaging wind and flooding rainfall from Sandy.
In the Keystone state and over much of the Northeast, the storm will threaten lives and property and will bring widespread travel disruptions.
Sandy is making landfall between Atlantic City and Wildwood, N.J. and was driving westward. Sandy will push over southern Pennsylvania and northern Maryland late Monday night and Tuesday.
The effects from the powerful and massive storm will linger for days after the storm's demise.
Since Sandy is such a large storm in terms of surface area, effects will be more than a compact hurricane.
According to AccuWeather.com CEO Barry Myers, "Sandy is a hurricane wrapped inside a winter storm."
There will be major impact due to wind and flooding not only in the Harrisburg area, but as far north as portions of New England and as far south as Washington D.C. and Norfolk, Va. and as far west as the Great Lakes.
At this time AccuWeather.com meteorologists expect wind gusts in the neighborhood of 60 to 70 mph in southeastern and south-central Pennsylvania. Gusts this strong can down trees, power lines, send loose objects airborne and cause minor property damage.
Avoid walking or parking under trees as large limbs can come down with no notice.
The heaviest rainfall, a general 4 to 8 inches, is projected to fall over southern Pennsylvania to northern Maryland. Locally higher amounts are possible over a several-day period through Wednesday.
Enough rain will fall in the local area to raise the risk of flash, urban and stream flooding. Fallen leaves will block storm drains adding to the potential for street flooding.
AccuWeather.com meteorologists do not believe enough rain will fall to cause major flooding along the Susquehanna. However, a significant rise in the river level is likely this coming week with lowland and unprotected area flooding possible.
Farther south, since the arm of heaviest rain will aim across northern Maryland and the West Virginia Panhandle, a significant rise will occur on the Potomac River with the potential for major flooding during the middle and second half of this week.
While prospects for a white Christmas are grim along the I-95 corridor, many communities from the Great Lakes to the Rockies should be able enjoy a snowy scene for the holiday.
People who are dreaming of a white Christmas across the interior Northwest may see their dreams come true this year as another storm impacts the region.
While snow falling around the Christmas holiday may create an ideal setting for celebrations, massive storms that have slammed parts of the country in the last decade have created mass chaos.
Rain and thunderstorms, some capable of producing severe weather, will affect much of the South from Tuesday into Christmas Eve.
Several fast-moving storm systems will bring windy and wet weather to the British Isles and northern Europe.
A storm bearing gusty winds, heavy snow, torrential rain, thunderstorms and fog will converge on the East and Midwest on Christmas Eve and will likely create ground and flight delays.
Marquette, MI (2000)
113.3" of snow to this point in the season.
Portland, MI (2001)
34 consecutive days with measurable rainfall.
Second of triple December storms - 25" at Gettysburg, PA.