When Would the Storm Impact Harrisburg?

By , AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist
October 24, 2012; 10:34 AM ET
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While the severity and path of the storm grabbing attention is still questionable, the impacts would affect the Harrisburg area Sunday night 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, flash and urban flooding, power outages, downed trees and travel disruptions only if the storm were to swing inland over New Jersey, Delaware 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 southeastern and south-central Pennsylvania with the worst conditions near and east of I-95. Chilly, blustery conditions would quickly follow.

A storm passing by out at sea would still bring spotty showers, followed by clearing and blustery conditions.

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 tracking near or inland of the coast could result in long-duration power outages well after the storm departs. A stalled storm nearby would elevate the flooding and damaging wind potential.

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