RT: Worst storm in 100 years: East Coast waits in terror for Frankenstorm
Posted on October 26, 2012
Published: 26 October, 2012, 21:16
This October 26, 2012 GOES -East satellite image courtesy of NOAA shows Hurricane Sandy. (AFP Photo)
Some Americans may have to think twice about going trick-or-treating
this year. A massive storm is expected to hit the East Coast during the
days leading up to Halloween, which meteorologists anticipate will cost
at least $1 billion in damages.
The “Frankenstorm” may bring high winds, heavy rain, extreme tides
and even snow to some states. The storm will evolve from a collision
between Hurricane Sandy, which has already swept through Haiti and Cuba
and is now heading north, and a winter storm coming from the west.
Government forecasters say there is a 90 percent chance that the
hurricane will make landfall on the East Coast.
The two weather systems are predicted to collide in New York or New
Jersey Tuesday morning, bringing those states about 5 inches of rain and
winds close to 40 mph. Forecasters say it could be the worst US storm
in 100 years. Chuck Watso, director of research and development at
Kinetic Analysis Corp., announced Thursday that it may cost more than $5
billion in damages.
“It’s pretty much the worst case scenario with the potential for
historic coastal flooding, copious amounts of rain, and damaging winds,” Jason Samenow of the Capital Weather Gang wrote in the Washington Post.
“It’s definitely something that everyone should be watching,” Nelson Vaz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, told the Wall Street Journal. “A storm that maintains its strength, coming in to central New Jersey would focus the storm surge in the New York harbor area.”
Forecasters have compared the predicted weather system to the 1991
Perfect Storm, also known as the Halloween Nor’easter, which had winds
blowing at 75 mph and cost more than $200 million in damages. This
year’s storm will fall during a full moon, which will cause the tides to
rise 20 percent higher than normal even without the storm surge.
Utility companies are preparing for the worst. In the Washington
area, Pepco is gathering help from power companies in other parts of the
US to gain additional assistance in the case of fallen power lines or
power outages. Other companies are canceling their employees’ days off
to have them available for help.
Baltimore Gas and Electric spokesman Robert Gould told the Post that he expects to see “a couple hundred thousand outages or more” when the Frankenstorm makes its appearance.
Amtrak has expressed concern that fallen trees and debris could make
it difficult for trains to keep running between Washington and Boston.
As power companies, airports, rail lines and supermarkets are
undergoing emergency preparations for a potentially record-breaking
storm, residents of the Northeast may have to forego their Halloween
“It’s looking like a very serious storm that could be historic,” Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the forecasting service Weather Underground, told the Associated Press. “Mother Nature is not saying, ‘Trick or treat.’ It’s just going to give tricks.”
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