Impacts from Hurricane Sandy in the Ohio Valley
Posted on October 28, 2012 at 10:27 PM
This is going to be a storm for the record books! Hurricane Sandy is set to make landfall Monday night along the central New Jersey coast. This massive storm has hurricane-force winds extending 175 miles from its center. Sandy could bring close to a foot of rain to some areas, storm surge of 4 to 11 feet across much of the northeast and powerful winds that could cause widespread power outages that last for days, if not week! And if that’s not enough, the storm could also dump up to 2 feet of snow in eastern parts of Kentucky, North Carolina and West Virginia.
Thankfully our impacts will be very minimal. The biggest concern for this area will be the winds Monday afternoon into Tuesday. Take a look at the two maps below. The bars on the map are called isobars, which just indicate lines of equal pressure. The closer the lines are to each other, the stronger the winds. Both Monday and Tuesday indicate we could see some gusty winds…possibly up to 45 mph. Make sure your Halloween decorations are tied down or bring them in so they don’t blow away!
As Sandy slowly cuts across Pennsylvania on Tuesday, a few showers may spill into eastern counties. Most of the area will remain dry on Tuesday. With a few of the showers moving in early Tuesday morning, a few flakes of snow may mix in. The best chance of snow will occur in eastern Kentucky, where accumulating snow is possible.