When Would the Storm Impact Baltimore?

By , AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist
October 24, 2012; 10:00 AM ET
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While the severity and path of the storm grabbing attention is still questionable, the impacts would affect the Baltimore area Sunday afternoon into Tuesday.

The storm, be it Sandy, a hybrid, a nor'easter or a period of rain and wind would advance quickly up the coast and may then stall. Hence, the unusually long period of nasty weather potential.

There is a risk of damaging wind, torrential rain, coastal and flash flooding, power outages, downed trees and travel disruptions only if the storm were to swing inland over the Delmarva or farther south in the mid-Atlantic.

A storm moving swiftly northward just off the coast would only bring a brief period of rain and gusty wind to the Baltimore area with the worst conditions over the Eastern Shore. Chilly, blustery conditions would quickly follow, along with blow out tides.

A storm passing by out at sea would still bring a period of rough surf, gusty winds and beach erosion problems to the Eastern Shore and the Virginia Capes. Spotty showers, followed by clearing and blustery conditions would occur in the Charm City.

More details will become available with this storm over the next few days. However, if you have extensive preparations to do as a precaution, waiting until early next week would be too late.

Even though your home or business may not be on the coast, a more severe storm could result in long-duration power outages, well after the storm departs. A stalled storm would elevate the flooding and damaging wind potential.


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