'Frankenstorm' on course to clobber East Coast

'Frankenstorm' on course to clobber East Coast

Summary: Hurricane Sandy could be downgraded to a tropical storm if it follows its projected collision course to hit the Jersey shore on Tuesday. IT workers had better prepare.

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  • UPDATE 10/26: According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Sandy is still on course to hit the East Coast of the United States on Tuesday morning. The huge storm is being called Frankenstorm as it is expected to arrive the day before Halloween and will be boosted by a full moon.

    Although Sandy is a hurricane now, it will probably be downgraded to a tropical storm when it arrives. However, its massive size, the moon's pull, and its slow pace may cause severe damage - predicted at around $1 billion - in the heavily populated region. Rainfall and high tides preceding its arrival should begin on Sunday.  Major cities such as New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. appear to be in the storm's path.   Sandy currently has a diameter of 1,500 miles and is moving at a slow pace of 16 miles per hour (more damage). Right now tropical winds extend 150 miles from its center. As with any storm, its path and strengh could change.

    The National Hurricane Center says Sandy currently has a diameter of 1,500 miles and is moving at a relatively slow pace of 16 miles per hour (more damage). Right now tropical winds extend 150 miles from its center. As with any storm, its path and strengh could change and it could blow harmlessly into the North Atlantic.

    The best advice, prepare for the worst Hurricane survival apps to keep you safe from the storm and Apps for an emergency.  IT departments should prepare for loss of power, damaged buildings and euipment, and a scarcity of workers. Here's a 10/25 image from NOAH of the water vapor from hurricane Sandy.

  • This map shows the five day estimated path for hurricane Sandy as of 10/25. Today's forecast is almost identical. Rainfall could be between 6-12 inches.

    Sandy could affect an area from the Carolinas to Boston and is expected to reach Canada.

    Credit: Noah

  • Here are the current wind speeds from Sandy.

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  • RE: Looks really bad

    Anybody from in the mid Atlantic States to eastern Canada should prepare and that includes areas up to at least two hundred miles from the coast for an event Sunday into Wednesday. Most of the time storms that far north go out to sea or occasionally hug the coast like Irene did last year. They also usually move fast and weaken over cool water leading to armageddon predictions being overblown. This time there is a huge blocking mechanism over eastern Canada and the North Atlantic so the storm cannot veer out. It will start to veer out then be pushed back into the coast somewhere and be very slow moving . And it is not expected to weaken over cool waters but actually rapidly strengthen because another tropical system will be pulled into it and it will merge or phase with a cold front coming in from the west meaning it will transition into a hybrid hurricane and Noreaster which certainly can strengthen in cold weather (See blizzard). There will also be a clash between the tropical air the storm pulls up and cool Canadian air. Most will see something between a bad storm some power outages etc and something most have never come close to experienced that region. The conditions won’t be as extreme as a normal hurricane but due to the wide area and the long period of time certain areas will be getting hit by the storm, dense population and well dense everything effects in some area will resemble a major hurricane . Generally if you are where the storm comes in or 100-200 miles to the Northeast you will get the worst effects. If it comes in on the New Jersey coast the storm surge could flood out parts or even a lot of lower Manhattan and the salt water could do a number on the subways. Computer models and weather people have little to compare this to when they crunch numbers so yes it is possible everybody will be yelling “hype for profit” or “idiots” again at the meteorologists. I hope so
  • NOAH?

    We probably will not need to build an Ark, but the Biblical Patriarch Noah is not involved in this storm. You probably were thinking of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), one of the really great federal services that keep you safe. (http://www.noaa.gov/).