Sunday, October 28, 2012
Residents up and down the East Coast are being urged to move inland ahead of a potentially huge storm formed by the merging of Hurricane Sandy with two wintry weather systems.
Sandy was plodding up the coast early Sunday, bringing steady rains whipped by gusting winds to North Carolina. It's expected to come ashore late Monday or early Tuesday in the mid-Atlantic.
But forecasters say that wherever the storm hits, it will likely bring sheets of rain, high winds and heavy snow a third of the country.
Amtrak has begun canceling train service to parts of the East Coast. Airlines are adding Sunday flights out of New York City and Washington in preparation for Monday flight cancellations. New York's governor has ordered New York City's transit service to suspend bus, subway, and commuter rail service. And half a dozen states warned residents to prepare for several days of lost power.
Meteorologists and disaster experts say water is what worries them most with the upcoming monster storm, spawning from Hurricane Sandy.
They said Sunday that water threatens the most lives and is likely to cause substantial property damage. They fear storm surge amped by waves and the full moon. Up to a foot of rain should trigger inland and flash flooding.
National Hurricane Center Director Rick Knabb says the storm's size means some coastal parts of New York and New Jersey can see water rise up to 11 feet above ground from surge and waves. The rest of the coast north of Virginia can see up to 8 feet of surge. New York will close its subways starting Sunday evening.
He says millions of people may be harmed by inland flooding.