Storm Surge Forecasts: Wed/Thu

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By Quincy Vagell on November 5, 2012, 10:30am Last modified: November 6, 2012, 2:01pm

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Forecast water level above mean sea level (in feet) for 4 p.m. Wednesday.

A nor'easter later in the week may cause coastal flooding and storm surge issues.

With a strong low pressure system expected to move up the coast, strong winds are possible late Wednesday into early Thursday. The result could be above normal water levels and tides, but the storm will NOT be as severe as Sandy.

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The graphic shows a FORECAST storm surge of 5 to 7 feet for western Long Island Sound and about 3 to 5 feet for eastern Long Island Sound. Winds are expected to be out of the northeast, so this is actually a good thing. Winds with Sandy were out of the east to southeast, which forced water up onto land. In this case, although water is getting forced into Long Island Sound, the result would not be as bad as Sandy. Time for this image is 5 p.m. Wednesday, near the time of high tide.
Also remember that the storm surge with Sandy was anywhere from 8 to 14 feet and the values were looking at here for this storm are about 50% less severe. 

Again, although this storm will NOT be as severe as Sandy, residents along the shore should prepare for moderate coastal flooding. Strong winds could gust as high as 60 mph and with heavy precipitation also expected, this could spell trouble for coastline communities. If you live along the shoreline, start making preparations and be aware that a coastal storm is expected to impact the area during the second half of Wednesday and into Thursday morning.

Image below shows another high tide cycle coming up on Thursday morning.

Stay tuned to for all of the latest details. 

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