Millions of people impacted by Sandy will have no power or heat through late this week and weekend, and unfortunately, chilly air and a gusty breeze will be in place.
Highs will be held in the 50s on through the weekend along the I-95 corridor from Boston to New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., with lows dipping into the upper 30s and lower 40s.
Across the interior Northeast, from the Appalachians on westward, highs will top out in the 40s for most places. A few spots in the central and southern Appalachians, especially where heavy snow from Sandy fell, highs will fail to climb out of the mid- to upper 30s. Lows will fall below freezing in the coldest locations. This degree of cold with no heat can be very dangerous.
It will remain breezy through the rest of the week and into the weekend with sustained winds of 10-20 mph and locally higher gusts. With the breeze factored in, AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures will be even lower than actual temperatures.
A few showers will linger across the interior into the weekend as well.
"Trying to stay warm still no power," tweeted @jlsmith early Thursday morning, Nov. 1, 2012.
Sandy Batters Mid-Atlantic Region
Extensive flooding occurred in coastal areas of New Jersey and along the Atlantic coast of Maryland due to Sandy's storm surge on Monday.
Large sections of the Atlantic City Boardwalk were floating around in the floodwaters, while famous piers were destroyed.
"Iconic AC pier - destroyed!" tweeted Serena Marshall on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012.
Besides destruction of famous piers and landmarks, significant beach erosion occurred along the New Jersey coast.
Minor storm surge flooding also occurred in the Chesapeake Bay. Early Tuesday at high tide, minor tidal flooding was occurring around Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
While water surged toward the coast, torrential rainfall and high winds pounded the mid-Atlantic region.
Peak wind gusts include 60 mph in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.; 88 mph in Montclair, N.J.; 81 mph in Allentown, Pa.; 79 mph in Highland Beach, Md.; and 79 mph in Chester Gap, Va.
Governor Christie said early Tuesday that there were 2.4 million customers with no electricity in New Jersey, twice the number of power outages caused by Irene in 2011.
Tropical Depression Eight could become a tropical storm while brushing the North Carolina coast with rough surf, downpours and locally gusty thunderstorms into midweek.
Tropical Depression Nine developed just south of Florida on Sunday and will turn toward the northeastern Gulf Coast of the United States later this week.
Another strong tropical disturbance has moved off the coast of Africa and bears watching for strengthening and impact on the Caribbean and the United States during September.
Two tropical systems, Madeline and Lester, could pose hazards to Hawaii from the middle of the week into Labor Day weekend.
Though the summer season is winding down, forecasters are predicting a warm start to fall across the Northeast — a weather pattern that could spell bad news for fall foliage lovers.
The worst thing that people who live along coastlines can do is not to prepare for tropical storms and hurricanes.
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