New York Times, 3:15p ET: Urgent Warnings as Hurricane Sandy Strengthens and Heads to Northeast [...] There were also fears of widespread flooding inland. [...] The full moon on Monday could cause even greater flooding because tides would be at their peak.
AP: Frigid air coming south from Canada also is expected to collide with Sandy and the wintry storm from the west, creating a megastorm that is expected to park over the northeast for days. [...] HIGH TIDES COULD WORSEN FLOODING: A full moon means the tides will be higher than usual, which will make it easier for the storm’s powerful winds to push water into low-lying areas. [...] COMBO OF SNOW, WIND INCREASES RISK FOR WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES: [...] The superstorm brings two possibilities for knocking out electricity. For one, hurricane-force winds of at 74 mph could send tree branches into power lines, or even topple entire trees and power poles. Those left standing could succumb to snow, which could weigh down still-leafy branches enough to also topple trees.
NJ Star Ledger: “We’ll have to see where it goes, but it looks like it’s going to have a pretty good hit on New Jersey,” [Neil Sheehan, a spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission] said today. Sheehan said that federal inspectors with satellite phones will be stationed at the plants through the storm.
Published: October 27th, 2012 at 3:52 pm ET
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