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Initial post: Oct 26, 2012, 8:49:07 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 26, 2012, 8:49:28 AM PDT
Meth Panther says:
All you East Coast peeps stocking up on supplies? FRANKENSTORM!!!


The ingredients awaiting Hurricane Sandy appear to be coming together to create what forecasters are calling a monster combination of high wind, heavy rain, extreme tides and maybe snow that could cause havoc along the East Coast just before Halloween next week.

"We looking at one of the worst storms on record that we've seen in this region," said Carl Parker, hurricane specialist for The Weather Channel.

Sandy, having blown in the Bahamas on Friday morning after moving through Haiti and Cuba on Thursday, continues to barrel north.

(MORE: Warn Your Friends | Track Sandy)

The storm is expected to encounter a wintry storm chugging across from the West, and frigid air streaming south from Canada.

The rare mix of merging weather systems over a densely populated region, experts predict at least $1 billion in damage.

The resulting storm "will be like a nor'easter with a hurricane embedded in it," said Bryan Norcross, hurricane specialist for The Weather Channel.

"The models have really settled in this solution in the last day or so," Parker said. "The models generally agree on the storm moving north, and then beginning move to the northeast and grazing the southeast coastline."

A pelican flies with the wind produced by hurricane Sandy's outer bands at Haulover Beach on Thursday, Oct. 25 in Miami. Florida's officials are warning residents and visitors of dangerous rip currents as Hurricane Sandy moves north.

At that point, the European model wants Sandy to "hug the coast line," and move into a landfall somewhere in the mid-Atlantic region, possibly near Baltimore or Washington, D.C. on Monday afternoon, Parker said. The U.S. GFS model "shows a later solution where the storm hooks around (to the east) and then comes into New York," he said.

"Still in both cases, we're talking about a widespread windstorm that affects most of the northeast."

One that would create a big, wet mess that settles over the nation's most heavily populated corridor and reaches as far west as Ohio.

Utilities are lining up out-of-state work crews and canceling employees' days off to deal with expected power outages.

From county disaster chiefs to the federal government, emergency officials are warning the public to be prepared. And President Barack Obama was briefed aboard Air Force One.

(MORE: Sandy's Potential Timeline | Florida Feels Sandy's Impact | Cuba Damage)

"It's looking like a very serious storm that could be historic," said Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the forecasting service Weather Underground. "Mother Nature is not saying, 'Trick or treat.' It's just going to give tricks."

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecaster Jim Cisco, who coined the nickname "Frankenstorm," said: "We don't have many modern precedents for what the models are suggesting."

Government forecasters said there is a 90 percent chance - up from 60 percent two days earlier - that the East will get pounded.

Coastal areas from Florida to Maine will feel some effects, but the storm is expected to vent the worst of its fury on New Jersey and the New York City area, which could see around 5 inches of rain and gale-force winds close to 40 mph.

Eastern Ohio, southwestern Pennsylvania and western Virginia could get snow.

And the storm will take its time leaving. The weather may not start clearing in the mid-Atlantic until the day after Halloween and Nov. 2 in the upper Northeast, Cisco said.

"It's almost a weeklong, five-day, six-day event," he said from a NOAA forecast center in College Park, Md. "It's going to be a widespread, serious storm."

It is likely to hit during a full moon, when tides are near their highest, increasing the risk of coastal flooding. And because many trees still have their leaves, they are more likely to topple in the event of wind and snow, meaning there could be widespread power outages lasting to Election Day.

"It's looking like a very serious storm that could be historic. "
Dr. Jeff Masters, meteorology director of Weather Underground
Eastern states that saw outages that lasted for days after last year's freak Halloween snowstorm and Hurricane Irene in late August 2011 are already pressuring power companies to be more ready this time.

Asked if he expected utilities to be more prepared, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick responded: "They'd better be."
Jersey Central Power & Light, which was criticized for its response to Irene, notified employees to be ready for extended shifts. In Pennsylvania, PPL Corp. spokesman Michael Wood said, "We're in a much better place this year."

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday said the city was striking a tone of calm preparedness.

"What we are doing is we are taking the kind of precautions you should expect us to do, and I don't think anyone should panic," Bloomberg said. The city has opened an emergency situation room and activated its coastal storm plan.

(MORE: Storm Preparation Tips)

Some have compared the tempest to the so-called Perfect Storm that struck off the coast of New England in 1991, but that one hit a less populated area. Nor is this one like last year's Halloween storm, which was merely an early snowfall.

"The Perfect Storm only did $200 million of damage and I'm thinking a billion" this time, Masters said. "Yeah, it will be worse."

As it made its way across the Caribbean, Sandy was blamed for at least 20 deaths. The 18th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season hit the Bahamas after cutting across Cuba, where it tore roofs off homes and damaged fragile coffee and tomato crops.

Norje Pupo, a 66-year-old retiree in Holguin, was helping his son clean up early Thursday after an enormous tree toppled in his garden.

"The hurricane really hit us hard," he said. "As you can see, we were very affected. The houses are not poorly made here, but some may have been damaged."

Posted on Oct 26, 2012, 8:49:46 AM PDT

Get with it Meth!!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2012, 8:50:29 AM PDT
M. Stifler says:
I'm convinced weathermen have some sort of partnership with grocery stores.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2012, 8:50:38 AM PDT
Meth Panther says:
Dammit. Well I posted an article.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2012, 8:50:55 AM PDT
The Drizzle says:
We will see if it makes it up to VT

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2012, 8:51:35 AM PDT
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Posted on Oct 26, 2012, 8:52:29 AM PDT
mattfixit says:
I'd rock her like a hurricane.

Posted on Oct 26, 2012, 8:55:08 AM PDT
PacinoBully says:
I hope this thing destroys Yankee stadium

Posted on Oct 26, 2012, 8:56:02 AM PDT
Bobbum Man says:
Is this a real, serious 'cane or just another media frenzy because people are burnt out on election stories?

Did Obama cause this?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2012, 8:57:16 AM PDT
Meth Panther says:
Yes, he pushed the crazy weather button and booked it somewhere inland.

Hoping I don't lose power for days.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2012, 8:57:51 AM PDT

This is true. You provided information so it's not technically a ninja.

Posted on Oct 26, 2012, 9:03:59 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 26, 2012, 9:04:09 AM PDT
Cats Go Nyan says:
Hahah, the mods don't like the word gay?

Posted on Oct 26, 2012, 9:06:16 AM PDT
GUEST!! says:
Does a "Hurricane Sandy" sound like a tropical alcoholic drink to anyone else?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2012, 9:06:30 AM PDT
FOGE says:
I wasnt trying to be offensive just saying how if its going to Vermont, maybe its getting married. I thought it was funny.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2012, 9:07:25 AM PDT
FOGE says:
Haha. It def doesnt sound as threatening as the normal names like Ivan.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2012, 9:09:41 AM PDT
GUEST!! says:
Hurricaine Ivan sounds like a good nickname for that USSR villain from the Rocky Movies. I can see it now... The storm is blowing up onto the shoreline and says to the city "You are a beautiful resort town... It is a shame I must break you."

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2012, 9:15:08 AM PDT
Cats Go Nyan says:
I did, too. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2012, 9:17:09 AM PDT
FOGE says:
Thats exactly what happened in 2004 to my beautiful vacation spot Orange Beach, AL. But they fixed it up. Check it out on YouTube. It was a serious hurricane.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2012, 9:17:36 AM PDT
GUEST!! says:
The hurricane actually said "It is a shame I must break you?"

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2012, 9:17:58 AM PDT
jtshiel says:
I love Orange Beach

Posted on Oct 26, 2012, 9:19:09 AM PDT
GUEST!! says:
I hate Orange Leaf. As I understand it, I'm in the minority there.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2012, 9:19:11 AM PDT
FOGE says:
Its the best. My parents have a condo down there so we go at least twice a year.

Posted on Oct 26, 2012, 9:20:57 AM PDT
waxc3 says:
i live in northern virginia. im expecting lots of rain and wind.

a few miles west of me in the mountains it might end up snowing a ton. i wish i had a snowday :(

Posted on Oct 26, 2012, 9:22:56 AM PDT
Modern Wolf says:
anyone else think this "storm of the century" is getting a bit overhyped?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2012, 9:24:02 AM PDT
FOGE says:
Well, with this many sequels, it sorta kills the buzz for a franchise.
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