Springfield, Mass (WGGB) – Sandy will be a major storm as she moves up the coast then eventually makes lanfall just south of New England.
The exact path of Sandy and where she will make landfall is still in question. One thing is for sure, Sandy will not be turning out to sea. Blocking high pressure will cause Sandy to turn to the west. Regardless of her exact path she will bring heavy rain and wind into western Mass.
The computer models are starting to come together on a solution, taking Sandy in from the ocean westward toward Philadelphia or New York City. Timing for western Massachusetts will be later Monday and into Tuesday with the wind being the strongest early Tuesday morning.
The greatest concern for those of us here in western Mass is the potential for moderate to major flooding. Heavy rain could lead to river and stream flooding along with street flooding and flooding in areas of poor drainage. Winds could gust up to 60 mph leading to scattered to widespread power outages.
Now is the time to clear storm drains, clean out your gutters and try to remove any hanging branches. With damaging winds a possibility it’s also a good idea to take in the patio furniture, if you haven’t already. It will be a good weekend to do it since the weather is looking dry for most of the weekend.
Dan Brown & Ed Carroll