What Can Be Expected from Sandy
By Quincy Vagell on October 25, 2012, 6:00pm Last modified: October 26, 2012, 12:21pm
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As Hurricane Sandy gets closer, we're getting a better idea of what to expect.
The storm is still expected to approach late Sunday and into early next week, so there is some time for things to change. However, there is a high probability, 90% or greater, that Sandy will at least give Connecticut a glancing blow.
Connecticut lies near the middle of the forecast cone, but the center of Sandy could pass southwest OR northeast of the state. The exact track will determine exactly how severe conditions are and what we can expect.
The storm is very large, as people hundreds of miles from the center will be affected.
This track curves Sandy further to the southwest, bringing the storm into the mid-Atlantic region. If this happens, Connecticut could expect gusty winds and some rain, but widespread damage/flooding would NOT be expected.
This track brings Sandy into the NYC metro area or directly into Connecticut. This is the worst case scenario, as we would get damaging winds and flooding rain. Also, the wind flow would funnel water into Long Island Sound and cause major coastal flooding and a storm surge.
This track brings Sandy northeast of Connecticut and into eastern New England. Although gusty winds would be expected, the strongest winds would stay east. Even though there would be still heavy rain, flooding would not be as bad with winds off the land and not the ocean.
Continue the slideshow for more details on what each track could bring.