The latest track of Hurricane Sandy has the storm pushing farther west according to Friday morning’s meteorologist reports. The National Hurricane Center has the center of the storm going either into southern New Jersey or Delaware.
This is a constantly changing storm and a more northern track, which is possible, would bring more significant impacts into New England.
According to WHDH Meteorologist Chris Lambert, the current likely scenario would bring wind and rain Monday afternoon through Tuesday with wind gusts of 40-60 mph, mostly onshore, strongest at the coast with up to 5 inches of rain expected throughout the storm’s duration. Power outages are likely, along with beach erosion and coastal flooding during high tides.
Lambert says it’s still a “very complicated and anomalous pattern” and thus the timing is tricky.
If Sandy maintains a warm core longer into the forecast period, it may hold on longer than some of the models project. If that happens, the turn northwest into the coast would happen farther north and put southern New England in a more serious situation than the current path would take it.
The National Hurricane Center has the storm currently with sustained winds of 80 mph, moving north at 13 mph. The storm is expected to decrease in speed Friday, followed by a turn toward the north Friday night and a turn toward the northeast on Saturday. The center of the storm will continue moving near the northwestern Bahamas Friday morning and move north of the Bahamas tonight.
Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center, with tropical storm force winds extending up to 275 miles. Sandy’s wind field is expected to grow in size during the next couple of days.