Damaging Wind, Flooding Rain Aim for Scranton, W-B

By , AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist
October 29, 2012; 4:40 AM ET
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Damaging wind and stream and urban flooding are forecast for Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Sandy is forecast to make landfall in New Jersey and push inland over Pennsylvania. Since this will be such a large storm in terms of surface area, effects could equal a category 1 or 2 hurricane.

Conditions will deteriorate in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton and Williamsport, throughout Monday with the height of the storm Monday night into Tuesday. People should be prepared for lengthy power outages and disruptions to travel.

At this time AccuWeather.com meteorologists expect wind gusts of 60 to 70 mph over Northeastern Pennsylvania. However, gusts can be locally stronger over the ridges, in between buildings and through the mountain gaps.

Gusts this strong will 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 without notice.

Enough rain will fall in the local area to cause flash, urban and stream flooding. Fallen leaves will block storm drains, adding to the risk of flooding in city streets.

From 2 to 8 inches of rain are forecast over the area with the greatest amounts generally south of Interstate 80.

AccuWeather.com meteorologists do not believe enough rain will fall to cause major flooding along the Susquehanna River. However, the major rivers will have a significant rise in levels this coming week.

There will be major impact due to wind and flooding not only in northeastern Pennsylvania, but as far north as portions of New England, as far south as Norfolk, Va. and as far west as western Pennsylvania.

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