The “Frankenstorm” is very real and all the models say it will be as bad as they are expecting it to be. This was the trifecta of bad storm events converging over a highly populated area. The ingredients include a warm air heavy moisture ladened hurricane moving N-NW, a strong cold front moving from the W, and an arctic blast of very cold air coming in from the N. Frankenstorm.
Federal weather forecasters and emergency management officials are warning residents along the East Coast to prepare for major impacts from Hurricane Sandy as it transitions into a larger, more powerful hybrid storm that will take an extremely unusual path. The track and forecasted size of the storm could make it rival or exceed the impacts from some of the worst coastal storms on record in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, such as 1991’s Perfect Storm and the Ash Wednesday storm in 1962, which is regarded as the worst coastal flooding event on record along the Jersey shore.
“It’s almost a weeklong, five-day, six-day event,” National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecaster Jim Cisco said Thursday from his northern storm forecast centre near Washington.. “It’s going to be a widespread serious storm.”
With every hour, meteorologists are getting more confident that this storm is going to be bad and they are able to focus their forecasts more.
Both private and federal meteorologists are calling this a storm that will likely go down in the history of weather events.
“We don’t have many modern precedents for what the models are suggesting,” Cisco said.
It is likely to hit during a full moon when tides are near their highest, increasing coastal flooding potential, Cisco’s agency warns. And with some trees still leafy and the potential for snow, power outages could last to the Nov. 6 Election Day, some American meteorologists fear.
Those in the Washington, DC/Baltimore Metro Area can expect to have sustained tropical force winds for up to 24 hours right now as it looks. Just to the east of this area of concern, the full convergence of the storm will occur in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. This will be the area with the highest likelihood of spawning tornados. All along the convergence line it will be a wild 6-12 hours.
If you are in those areas, be prepared for prolonged power outages and significant wind damage which will be intensified because a lot of trees still are fully leafed and therefore will be more vulnerable to damage.
Make sure you have enough food and water for 7 days for everyone. What a lot of people don’t realize that with power out for prolonged periods, municipal water and sewer treatment plants can’t operate. You need to be prepared for those kinds of impacts. Even if you have water, you may be required to boil the water before consumption. This usually is a result of flood waters interacting with drinking water sources. Think about how you would accomplish this without power.
In the northern areas of impacts, keeping warm and dry may also be an issue. Think how you achieve this. There is still 2-3 days to prepare but time is getting short.
The real truth is no one knows exactly what is going to happen, but whatever unfolds will still be unprecedented. The so-called “Perfect Storm” of 1991 caused $200 Million in damages, however, estimates for this Frankenstorm are in the $Billions.
One last thing that people who have gone through such events can attest, please check on your neighbors. Be sure those around you fared as well as you.