Sandy continues to drive high winds and storm surge into Connecticut.
Sandy will drive across southern New Jersey Monday evening. However, the storm will behave more like a large nor'easter in terms of size and a hurricane in terms of strength. Folks should not just focus on the center of the storm track as a result.
According to AccuWeather.com CEO Barry Myers, "Sandy is like a hurricane wrapped in a winter storm."
Sandy will bring strong wind gusts ranging between 50 and 60 mph over much of Connecticut. The strongest gusts will occur over the hilltops and along the South Coast. Gusts in these areas can reach 80 to 90 mph.
Tropical air swinging across part of Connecticut on Sandy's back side can lead to quick, spin-up funnels near the coast and into the central counties.
The strength of the wind throughout the state will down some trees and cause power outages. Avoid parking under or walking through wooded areas during the storm.
Rainfall can be heavy enough to cause urban flooding. Fallen leaves blocking storm drains will add to the potential for flooding of city streets.
Coastal flooding remains the top concern. Even though surface winds may be north of east at times, the large fetch of Sandy will gather the Atlantic Ocean and attempt to ram it into the southern New England/mid-Atlantic wedge.
Storm surge will be the greatest toward New York City, on the order of 5 to 10 feet, but locally can reach between 12 and 15 feet. As a result, record tide levels are possible.
The full moon Monday will amplify tides. However, as winds turn toward the southeast Monday night into Tuesday, coastal flooding problems are likely to continue along the Connecticut coast.
The focus for severe storms will move into the Ohio Valley and resume over New York state on Wednesday.
So far this year California has seen 1,569 wildfires, 85 percent more than in an average year.
The Memorial Day weekend will begin cool, windy and rainy in New England and part of the mid-Atlantic.
GOES-East failed again late Tuesday. It is one of the main satellites meteorologists use for the eastern part of the United States and the tropical Atlantic.
Severe storms are shifting eastward Wednesday afternoon delivering strong wind, heavy rain and hail.
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A powerful F4 tornado (winds 207-260 mph) hidden in a dust storm devastates the business district. 4 people were killed and 150 were injured. Tornado estimated to be 600 yards wide at times.
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101 degrees -- hottest ever in New England during May.
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