Severe weather could be moving in

Tropical Storm Sandy

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Rain brought by the outer bands of Tropical Storm Sandy fall in the Standpipe neighborhood of Kingston, Jamaica, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sandy was expected to become a hurricane as it nears Jamaica on Wednesday. (AP Photo/David McFadden)


Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012 12:00 pm
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Updated: 1:59 pm, Thu Oct 25, 2012.


Severe weather could be moving in

By Freda R. Savana
Staff Writer

PhillyBurbs.com

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While there’s still a good bit of uncertainty about the track of Hurricane Sandy, weather forecasters are predicting severe weather if the storm turns north over the weekend.


“People need to be aware this could be a very bad storm,” said Accuweather.com‘s senior meteorologist Tom Kines.

However, Kines cautioned, the track of the hurricane is key and that won’t be clear until the early morning hours of Sunday, when the storm passes over Cape Hatteras.

“If it moves more northerly than easterly, that’s a problem for us. We need to be very concerned about large doses of rain and high winds as well,” said Kines.

In the worse-case scenario, said the meteorologist, the region could see wind gusts of 50 mph to 60 mph. Several inches of rain are also possible.

Should the storm take a more easterly course, winds would be more in the 15 mph to 20 mph range, with rainfall a couple of inches, at most.

“That’s when the public says, well, you blew that one,” joked Kines.

However, should several factors combine, Kines said, the East Coast could be facing some violent weather.

There’s a front coming in from the west, while a weather system is moving across the Pacific Northwest, and the hurricane is also wreaking havoc.

“If they all come together on the East Coast, that’s how this could get very ugly,” said Kines.

 

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