Hurricane Sandy Walloping East Coast With Surge, Winds

Hurricane Sandy is wreaking havoc on the East Coast, shutting down airports, downing trees and power lines, and producing what may be a devastating storm surge toward the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast coasts, including New York City. Here are some of the latest details on the storm with our Storify.

Hurricane Sandy Driving Massive Storm Surge Toward the Mid-Atlantic

Hurricane Sandy is about to make landfall in southern New Jersey or Delaware, according to the National Hurricane Center. Dire warnings have been issued for much of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast for life-threatening coastal flooding.

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Hurricane Sandy is headed for a landfall in southern New Jersey early on Monday evening, driving a record storm surge into New York City, Long Island Sound, and Raritan Bay. During a media briefing on Monday afternoon, National Hurricane Center Director Rick Knabb said the storm is on track to produce a storm tide (includes storm surge and the astronomical tide) of up to 11 feet in New York City. This could be enough to flood the subway tunnels in Lower Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn, which would severely disrupt transportation in the region.
Extra-tropical Storm Surge: stnPage Author: US Dept of Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Weather Service Meteorological Development Labo…
All eyes are on Lower Manhattan as this evening’s high tide approaches at about 8 p.m. Already there are reports of rapidly rising water.
The Battery in NYC now 6 feet above normal tide level & rising rapidly. #sandyHurricane Central
Just to clarify… #Sandy’s landfall is expected south of Atlantic City at about 6pm. Worst impacts in NYC probably 6pm-midnight.Eric Holthaus
“Sadly we may see parts of LaGuardia Airport runways & parts of the NYC subway system underwater with tonight’s high tide,” @JimCantoreHurricane Central
RT @AntDeRosa: ConEd will turn off power for most of Battery Park City - reports Fox 5 in New YorkMat McDermott
Climate Central has reported on the vulnerability of New York City’s transportation network to sea level rise and storm surge flooding.
Climate Change Could Cripple New York’s Transportation | Climate CentralWhen arriving at La Guardia Airport in New York, it’s easy to see the stark realities it faces in trying to cope with global warming. As ...
There was also flooding along the Hudson River on Monday morning, per @WSJweather.
Hudson River flooding at this morning’s high tide (h/t Yu Ki) [video] Holthaus
Wind damage is being reported in Manhattan, where hurricane force wind gusts are affecting the upper floors of skyscrapers.
Crane has partially collapsed in NYC. Authorities concerned it may plummet to street. (via @jonathanwald)Good Morning America
RT @JesseRodriguez: Gov. Cuomo: George Wash. Bridge, Verrazano Bridges closing at 7PM this evening #sandyZeke Miller
The storm is also bringing high winds and heavy rains to Baltimore and Washington, with hurricane force wind gusts possible on Monday night.
Chesapeake Bay Bridge is closed as winds exceed 55 mphCapital Weather Gang
Federal offices in Washington, D.C., closed again tomorrow. #SandyEthan Klapper
Hurricane Sandy has turned into a massive storm, with the core of a hurricane and the shell of a nor’easter, as this visible satellite image from the University of Wisconsin shows. The minimum central pressure at the center of the storm set a record for the lowest pressure reading observed north of Cape Hatteras, N.C. (This is a sign of how powerful the storm is, since the lower the air pressure, the stronger the storm.)
RT @afreedma: Wow. #Hurricane #Sandy has a min central pressure of 940 mb. To put in perspective, all-time record in this region was 946 mb set in 1938.Brian P. Hickey
The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Anchorage prepared this graphic to illustrate how an area of cold air plunging southward into the U.S. helped energize Sandy as it neared the coastline. That cold air is having major impacts in places like West Virginia, where up to 3 feet of snow is expected. According to Louis Uccellini, the director of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction in College Park, Md., there has never been a hurricane of this magnitude that also produced such heavy snowfall on the East Coast.
Atlantic Gulf Stream injected fuel into Hurricane Sandy, now it will gain energy from cold front: Weather Gang
RT @alanauglis: Garrett County seeing #snow accumulating now. Just the beginning! #blizzard #Sandy Weather Gang


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Helpful links for following the storm:
National Weather Service Storm Central 
Climate Central Surging Seas Mapping Tool
New York Times Live Blog
Capital Weather Gang blog

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