Hurricane Sandy update: Landfall at East Coast may affect millions of people, 3,000 flights cancelled

By on Oct 29, 2012 in Science, United States, Weather Comments

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its latest advisory updated on Hurricane Sandy, which is being expected to be a “super storm” and may affect millions of people in the East Coast. Its landfall is being predicted to be on the night of Monday, October 29, 2012.

As noted at NHC.NOAA.gov at Sunday, October 28, Hurricane Sandy is being forecast to bring life-threatening storm surge flooding to the mid-Atlantic coast, including Long Island Sound and New York Harbor, and may strongly be felt in Boston, New York, Washington, Baltimore, and Philadelphia.

As of 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, NHC reported Hurricane Sandy is at 32.5N 72.6W, about 250 miles (400 km) SE of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and about 575 miles (930 km ) S of New York City, with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph) and moving Northeast at 14 mph (22 kph).

Hurricane Sandy will bring sustained winds of tropical storm-force to a 1000-mile swath of coast on Monday and Tuesday. Winds of 55 – 75 mph with gusts over hurricane force will occur along a 500 mile-wide section of coast.” Hurricane specialist Dr. Jeff Masters wrote at Weather Underground blog on Sunday.

“The size of this alone, affecting a heavily populated area, is going to be history making,” A power outage computer model run by Johns Hopkins University predicts that 10 million people will lose power from the storm.” Dr. Masters added, noting that Sandy‘s storm surge is extremely dangerous.

According to FlightAware.com on Sunday, more than 3,000 flights have been cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy, including 707 flights cancelled to/from/within the US on Sunday, and another 2,499 flights cancelled to/from/within the US for Monday, October 29. Most affected is Newark International Airport (EWR).

United Airlines is being expected to be most affected since it will shutdown DC operations around 7-8pm (Sunday night) and PHL and JFK/EWR/LGA operations as well, between 6-7pm (Sunday night). Both operations are being planned for resume sometime on Tuesday, October 30.


Hurricane Sandy path
Hurricane Sandy satellite image (As of 10:16 a.m. ET, Sunday, October 28, 2012)
Image Credit: NASA/WUnderground.com


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