The US National Hurricane Center is presently forecasting giant Hurricane Sandy - the so-called “Frankenstorm” - to track to the northeast from its current position well off the North Carolina coast. It should then shift to the northwest and make landfall along the southern New Jersey coastline tomorrow and through the following day. The National Weather Service in Baltimore has issued a High Wind Warning for the Mid Atlantic States, including Maryland and the metropolitan Baltimore and Washington, DC areas, beginning at 8am on Monday (October 29) and extending into late Tuesday at the earliest. Wind gusts over 45 mph are expected by early Monday, and up to 60 mph on Monday afternoon and into Tuesday. We are being advised to expect a prolonged 24-to-36 hour high wind event coupled with heavy rains leading to significant tree damage and widespread power and communication outages.
I will post a full report on the storm once it has passed and the power has been restored. In the meantime I am battening down the hatches. Stay safe everybody! Steve
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