Springfield, Mass (WGGB) - Sandy is once again a hurricane and is destined to be an epic storm and likely one for the ages! She looms large off the southeast coast now and has begun her long journey up the eastern seaboard and eventually into the meteorological record books.
The massive storm will not do as her predecessors have done before her, and pass quietly out-to-sea. Not this time, not this storm, this storm will take an almost unprecedented turn to the west and will inevitably reek havoc on hundreds of miles of coast line from Maine to Virginia.
Although this trail blazer of a storm still leaves much to be answered, including her exact path and location of her nearly certain landfall, her outcome is slowly becoming less fuzzy with time. She will make her unusual turn west thanks to the help of a blocking area of high pressure to the east, over the Atlantic. It’s looking as though she will smash into the Jersey shore any where from Atlantic City to just south of New York City.
Although western Mass will not take a direct hit from Sandy she is a massive, sprawling storm and her effects will be felt hundreds of miles away from her path so regardless of the map Sandy choices to follow her effects will be felt here in western Massachusetts.
Sandy’s Effect Mainly late Monday into Tuesday:
Sandy will bring heavy rain possibly leading to some flooding starting late Monday. Heavy rain, could cause river and stream flooding along with some street and areas of poor drainage flooding. Her sustained winds could blow between 20-40 mph with potential gusts up to 60 mph leading to down tree limbs and power lines that will likely lead to numerous power outages leaving many of us in the dark.
Preparing for Sandy:
We should respect and take this storm seriously. Now is the time to prepare. It would be wise to clear storm drains, clean out your gutters and try to remove any hanging branches. Also remember to take in any loose patio or lawn furniture.
Stock up on batteries, candles, water and firewood in case power is out for an extended period of time.
As Sandy continues to press inland, after landfall, she will take her time winding down so her wrath may stick around for a number of days lasting into the middle of next week. Now is the time to prepare.