Sandy will bring damage and disruptions to the Washington, D.C area.
Conditions will deteriorate Monday with the height of the storm Monday night. Dangerous conditions will continue into Tuesday.
At this time AccuWeather.com meteorologists expect wind gusts in the neighborhood of 60 to 70 mph in the city with the greatest frequency of high gusts on the Eastern Shore and the Atlantic coast beaches.
Gusts this strong will down trees, power lines, send loose objects airborne and loosen panes of glass in tall buildings. Walking through city streets will be difficult and dangerous. Avoid walking or parking under trees. Large branches can come down with no notice.
A general 4 to perhaps 8 inches of rain will fall with locally higher amounts on the Eastern Shore and to the north. Enough rain will fall in the local area to bring flash, urban and small stream flooding.
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.
The full moon Monday will amplify tide levels, but the track of and wind flow around Sandy will not push water into the northern Chesapeake Bay like Isabel did. Sandy is pushing the Atlantic toward the lower Chesapeake Bay, so minor flooding at times of high tide is forecast in the upper reaches of the Bay.
Sandy is forecast by AccuWeather.com to make landfall in New Jersey Monday evening. However, since this will be such a large storm in terms of surface area, effects will be more than a hurricane hitting a small area.
There will be major impact due to wind and flooding, not only in the Washington-Baltimore, area, but as far north as New York City into portions of New England and as far south as eastern North Carolina.
The area from New Jersey to New York City will experience the worst of the storm in terms of storm surge flooding and wind damage, because of the angle and location of the storm striking the coast.
Travel hazards, delays and disruptions associated with rain, ice and snow will continue over the Central states through the balance of the Thanksgiving weekend.
The current reprieve from heavy rain across southern India will not last long with the threat for flooding downpours set to return for the final days of November.
Sandra has weakened to a tropical storm but remains on track to make landfall in western Mexico with flooding rainfall on Saturday.
Heavy thunderstorms will continue to shift northward across central South America with the greatest threat for flooding focusing on northeastern Argentina and eastern Paraguay into Saturday morning.
Several days of heavy rain will bring the potential for significant flooding from the southern Plains to the middle Mississippi Valley into early next week.
Snow and ice storms have taken aim at the Central U.S. this week, while record-setting Sandra strengthened into a major hurricane south of Mexico.
New England Coast (1898)
Famous "Portland" storm formed off Cape Cod with loss of 200 lives. Many others were lost to the raging sea in 50 small vessels. A total of 27 inches of snow in New London, CT; 15 inches at Waterbury, CT. Peak wind was 72 mph in Boston. Boston received more than a foot of snow.
Second heavy snowfall in three days hits the region with 12 inches on the ground in NJ; 14 inches in NY; greatest November snow in New England since 1898.
Nation devastated by terrible floods -- 400 people killed.