NWS: How Strong Will Sandy’s Wind Be?

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By Daniel Bittner on October 26, 2012, 7:40pm Last modified: October 26, 2012, 7:42pm

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Here are some statements issued about winds by the NOAA:

“AS FOR WINDS...THEY INCREASE FROM THE E/NE ON SUNDAY BETWEEN SANDY AND HIGH PRESSURE TO THE N. WINDS OF 15 TO 25 MPH AND GUSTS WELL INTO THE 30S ARE LIKELY BY SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND THEN CONTINUING INTO MONDAY. THE STRONGEST WINDS WILL BE COINCIDENT WITH THE CLOSEST APPROACH AND LANDFALL OF SANDY...LATE MONDAY THROUGH TUE...WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR SPEEDS OF 40-50G70-80MPH...SLIGHTLY HIGHER IN ELEVATED LOCATIONS. IF THESE WINDS ARE REALIZED...THE COMBINATION OF EVENT DURATION...SATURATED GROUNDS...AND PARTIAL TO FULL FOLIAGE TREES...WOULD CAUSE WIDESPREAD DOWNING OF TREES AND POWER LINES...CAUSING DISRUPTION TO POWER AND POSSIBLY TRANSIT FOR SEVERAL DAYS. THESE WINDS WILL ALSO RESULT IN SIGNIFICANT COASTAL IMPACTS...DETAILED IN THE TIDES AND COASTAL FLOODING SECTIONS.”
-Issued by Upton New York office-

WIND...
WITH THE APPROACH OF SANDY FROM THE S/E...SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND FIND ITSELF TRANSITIONING FROM THE NW QUADRANT TO THE NE QUADRANT AS IT HOOKS WEST INTO THE INTERIOR NERN CONUS. INITIAL N/NELY FLOW WOULD BE EXPECTED TO VEER OUT OF THE E/SE. THE ONSET OF WINDS BEGINS SUNDAY NIGHT CONTINUING INTO THE MIDWEEK PERIOD. THE STRONGEST OF WINDS BASED ON FCST GUIDANCE CENTER AROUND THE MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY TIME FRAME.
IN THE BEST-CASE...GALE FORCE WINDS /40-54 MPH/ WITH FREQUENT STORM FORCE GUSTS /55 MPH TO 73 MPH/.
IN THE WORST-CASE...SUSTAINED GALE FORCE WINDS WITH FREQUENTHURRICANE FORCE WINDS /AT OR GREATER THAN 74 MPH/. WE COULD SEE GUSTS EXCEEDING 100 MPH.
-Issued by Taunton office-

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