Sandy has the potential to deliver a knockout punch to Titletown and Cape Cod or could swing and miss.
With a sudden left hook toward the mid-Atlantic and New England by Sandy becoming more likely early next week, the risk of major impact to travel and activities in the I-95 Northeast is on the rise. So is the risk to lives and property.
The severity of impacts depends on where Sandy makes landfall relative to the Boston metro area.
While there are chances the worst of the storm may occur northeast, toward Maine and southwest, toward New York City, there is also the potential for the region to be in the heart of the storm.
As we have stated here on AccuWeather.com and through our various media outlets in the city, there is the potential for damaging winds, power outages and coastal and urban flooding. Some neighborhoods and major highways could be flooded and trees could be blocking streets.
If Sandy, which has the potential to be the "Perfect Storm" of this century, takes the track over Rhode Island or pushes eastward in from Cape Cod, people in the city, the suburbs and more distant areas in New England could be wondering what hit them come Tuesday. Impacts could be far worse than that of Irene or last century's Perfect Storm. If the storm swings toward Maine, the same folks may be saying, "Where's Sandy?"
Stormy conditions would build Monday, then diminish Tuesday night.
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