Monday, October 29, 2012
As predicted earlier, Sandy's most severe wind-lashing is expected this evening, as the hurricane makes landfall in New Jersey.
After a day where thousands of New Englanders have lost power, roads and buildings have been flooded and winds-and-rain have lashed everyone, we're just on the verge of the worst of it. Forecasters have been warning that Monday evening would be New England's moment of most severe intensity for Sandy. That prediction seems to be right on-target. "Like a large nor'easter on steroids" According to Accuweather forecasters, Hurricane Sandy is poised for a New Jersey landfall any moment now. Those same Accuweather forecasters are calling Sandy a "Northeast catastrophe unfolding." "Conditions will deteriorate through the day Monday with the worst of the storm spreading inland Monday night into Tuesday," says Accuweather. That means the driving …
Sustained winds are now at 90 mph.
Hurricane Sandy has picked up ferocity as it hits the east coast. The National Hurricane Center reports that the sustained wind speeds are up to 90 mph. The Greater Boston, Cape Cod and Rhode Island areas should feel the full force of Sandy this afternoon and into the evening. Effects of Sandy should stretch into Tuesday and possibly into Wednesday. 7News’ Chris Lambert is reporting the wind speeds could reach 70 mph along the coastline this afternoon with inland wind more in the 40-60 mph range with lesser wind speeds the farther you go inland. The National Hurricane Center expects hurricane force winds on the Cape and Rhode Island and tropical storm force winds north of the Cape to the Merrimack Valley in Massachusetts. Rain should be …
Plan your trip home accordingly
If you braved the elements and took the T to work this morning, pack up your stuff now: The MBTA will shut down service at 2 p.m. due to severe weather caused by Hurricane Sandy. According to the T website, the service suspension includes subway, bus and commuter rail service. Ferry service had already been suspended earlier in the day. The Ride remains open but users are "strongly encouraged" to call the contractor for their area to see if service is available.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
There is a high wind watch in effect Monday morning through Monday night.
The latest forecasts show Hurricane Sandy hitting before the morning commute tomorrow, with high wind and flood watches in effect from Monday morning through the night. The National Weather Service issued the warnings for Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. WHDH's Jeremy Reiner said the worst of Sandy should be from 9 a.m. Monday until 2 a.m. Tuesday. "Within this period is our greatest risk of wind damage/power loss," Reiner wrote on his blog, noting that many towns will experience wind gusts over 40 miles per hour. Coastal cities and towns may see wind gusts between 50-60 mph and even some wind gusts near 70mph out on the Cape and Islands. Reiner said the speed of the wind isn't as great a concern as the duration of the wind, …
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Sunday, October 28, 2012
7:52 p.m. Scanner reports: Live wires down at 90 Sidley Road. A Boston Police officer on scene awaiting NStar to cut power to the previously downed power lines said an entire utility pole fell. No one was injured. Around 4:45 p.m. A power outage is affecting about 1,100 NStar customers in the Sunnybank Road and Maple Street area. NStar is working to fix the outage. 5:04 p.m. A power outage is reported at 14 Hodgdon Terrace from Citizens Connect. 3:57 p.m. A power outage is reported on Willow Street from Citizens Connect. 3:45 p.m. There is a massive tree across the VFW Parkway at Lagrange Street from Twitter account @R2_SNEweather: 2:55 p.m. Scanner reports: Traffic lights are out at VFW Parkway and Baker Street. 2:55 p.m. Scanner …
Saturday, October 27, 2012
The governor said Hurricane Sandy could hit Sunday night and linger into Wednesday.
Gov. Deval Patrick has declared a state of emergency and held a press conference Saturday afternoon to update to the public about how the state is preparing for the impact of Hurricane Sandy. Sandy is currently a category 1 hurricane rolling up the Atlantic and is expected to turn northwest Sunday afternoon. Impact on New England from the storm is expected by Sunday night and could linger until Wednesday. "While we continue to hope for the best, we are planning for the worst," Patrick said. There may be coastal flooding, severe beach erosion, damaging winds, widespread power outages, and possibly 5 inches or more of rain. "This afternoon I declared a state of emergency commonwealth-wide," Patrick said. "This enables us to cut through some…
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With Hurricane Sandy believed to possibly be on the way to New England, at Patch we're planning to go all out with coverage and tips on where the storm is, its believed path and how to prepare. We also hope to get as many tips and as much input (photos, warnings about downed wires, etc.) as possible from all you readers. But tell us: is this "prepare yourself ahead of time" coverage helpful? Or would you rather remain in the dark (no pun intended, in case the power goes out) until the storm actually arrives? Is it helpful to be kept fully apprised? Whipping up a frenzy for no reason? Is there another kind of storm coverage that would be more useful to you? Let us know in the comments section below.