Hurricane Sandy Strengthening
At 8 A.M. the center of Hurricane Sandy is located about 310 miles south southeast of New York City. Maximum sustained are now 85 mph with higher gusts. The storm has now made the anticipated northwest turn and is now moving at 20 mph. The minimum central pressure has dropped to 946 millibars or 27.94 inches.
Hurricane force wind gusts are expected to move across the area from late this afternoon through much of tonight. Significant coastal flooding is expected at the times of high tides.
Damaging Hurricane force winds are expected later this afternoon and tonight. Gusts could reach 75 to 85 mph at the height of the storm. These winds will bring down trees and power lines. Power outages are expected to last several days.
Coastal Flooding: Major coastal flooding is expected at the times of high tides. Typical flood prone areas will be severely impacted. This mornings tide cycle may reach 4 feet above normal. Tonights cycle will coincide with the worst storm conditions and tides may be 5-11 feet above normal. These departure from normals may cause record coastal flooding.
Hight Tide for Cold Spring Harbor. 11:22 A.M., 11:50 P.M.
High Tide for Eaton’s Neck. 11:31 A.M., 11:59 P.M.
High Tide for Lloyd Harbor, Huntington Bay. 11:28 A.M., 11:56 P.M.
Rainfall: rainfall amounts are expected to be in the 2-3 inch range causing street flooding especially in areas where catchbasins are clogged.