Cities along the eastern coast of the United States are bracing for Hurricane Sandy this weekend, a storm that may turn into what government forecasters have dubbed “Frankenstorm” – an unusual mix of a winter storm and a hurricane. According to the AP, the worst of the storm is likely to hit New York City and New Jersey, while its effects will be felt all the way from Florida to Ohio.
Some meteorologists have noted that current conditions could put this storm on par with the “perfect storm” that struck off the coast of New England in 1991. If Hurricane Sandy is pulled in by the midlatitude trough that is currently moving across the country, the combination “could produce high winds, heavy rains and storm surges that would cause extensive damage,” says the New York Times.
Yesterday, forecasters predicted a “90 percent chance that the East will get steady gale-force winds, flooding, heavy rain and maybe snow starting Sunday and stretching past Wednesday. The hurricane part of the storm is likely to come ashore somewhere in New Jersey on Tuesday morning. (AP)
Communities across the region have already begun to make emergency preparations, and we recommend that our readers in the area do the same. In New York, Mayor Bloomberg has already activated the city’s coastal storm plan and opened the Office of Emergency Management situation room.
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