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.
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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.
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.
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34 consecutive days with measurable rainfall.
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Kansas City (1961)
16.6" snow, greatest in December.