Tracking Hurricane Sandy: The Latest on the Storm
Meteorologist Rick Reichmuth is tracking the latest on Hurricane Sandy. There are tropical storm force winds extending out 520 miles, creating a powerful storm surge. If the storm makes landfall in Central Jersey, which is where it seems to be heading, anywhere to the right of it will experience the worst of the storm surge.
Reichmuth forecasts that in this scenario, water will rise 6 to 10 inches in the New York Harbor and 6 to 11 inches of water on Long Island. Those two areas will meet with the East River on the east side of Manhattan and the water will have nowhere to go, causing severe flooding.
New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg has ordered a mandatory evacuation for those people in Zone A. NYC MTA subways, buses and commuter rails will suspend service at 7 p.m. ET.
There are wind warnings in effect for all of New England, the Mid-Atlantic States and down to the central Appalachians. Winds of 50 to 60 miles per hour could reach Chicago, which has flood watches in place from possible lake flooding. The storm is far-reaching and people in those areas could be dealing with the storm itself for two to three days.