The latest information has the worst of Sandy aiming for New Jersey and the New York City area, but Rhode Island and southeastern New England will be battered by damaging winds, drenching rain and coastal flooding.
The center of Sandy was roar across southern New Jersey Monday evening, but the effects continue to be far-reaching.
Since Sandy is a large storm in terms of surface area, people should not just focus on the center for great impact and damage.
According to AccuWeather.com's CEO Barry Myers, "Sandy is a hurricane wrapped in a winter storm."
Winds will peak over Rhode Island during the first part of Monday night.
Gusts of 50 to 70 mph are forecast over much of southern New England with the strongest gusts along the immediate South Coast.
Rainfall of 1 to 2 inches is forecast over portions of southern Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island with lesser amounts farther north over New England.
A storm surge of 4 to 8 feet is likely in southern New England and will be near record levels toward the New York City area.
Winds will turn around to more of the southeast as Sandy moves inland Monday night and will be out of the south, but only slowly diminishing during Tuesday. As a result water levels will remain high.
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 Rhode Island, downed trees and power lines, coastal flooding, beach erosion and travel delays are to be expected.
Dry and sunny conditions will continue in San Francisco for the the official start to winter and the Christmas holiday.
Sunshine will return in full force for the weekend, the official start to winter, and Christmas in Los Angeles.
Big changes are on the way for parts of the Western and Central states late this week and into this weekend.
Similar to the days prior to Thanksgiving, the worst weather will focus on the days prior to Christmas as millions of travelers take to the roads and skies in the U.S. and southern Canada.
Warm air is forecast to surge into much of the eastern half of the nation by the weekend and will be accompanied by heavy rain and flooding risk in some locations.
Thunderstorms in parts of the South this weekend may become strong enough to threaten lives and property.
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