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.
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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