It’s coming, Hurricane Sandy that is, and it could be one for the record books once it makes landfall later today / tomorrow. For those who haven’t been following the news, “at 11:00 p.m. EDT on October 28, Sandy surpassed Hurricane Igor to become the largest hurricane in Atlantic history, with a maximum gale-force wind diameter of 930 mi (1500 km).” Continue reading for a live video stream of Hurricane Sandy and more information.
The storm will affect the eastern third of the country — not just the coast — and include inland flooding around Maryland and Pennsylvania and up to two feet of snow in West Virginia, said Louis Uccellini, director of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction. “This is not just going to be a coastal event,” said Rick Knabb, director of the National Hurricane Center. “Virginia northward should prepare for weather to go downhill over the weekend.”
Given its size and expected duration of two to three days, Hurricane Sandy could turn out to be comparable to 1991’s Hurricane Grace, also known as the “Perfect Storm,” and a cyclone that struck near the Appalachians in November of 1950, FEMA administrator Craig Fugate said. But, Fugate said, officials don’t try to make historical comparisons until after a storm hits.