Colleagues, SANDY is already in mid Pennsylvania and no longer tropical but with winds still of tropical storm strength. Out of professional courtesy, as Sandy was about to make landfall a bit south of Atlantic City, it made a "jog" to the north so it would conform better to forecast. FORECAST: Although only one more really bad day, the effects will linger for at least a week with extensive flooding and power outages. Sandy is now a mid-latitude low and will be moving as predicted toward western NY and then swing around the New England states. Still, a lot of rain, local flooding, and power outages. Rain up the east coast from the mid Atlantic states. All diminishing tomorrow over much of the area.
DISCUSSION: If Sandy was, as the media portrayed, the "Monster Storm of the Century", we are in for a good 88 next years. However, it was bad enough, and one can hope it was the worst we will get. For much of the area, it will take at least a week before life resembles normal, and for some, it will be much longer. A large clean up effort is required in many areas and it may take about a week before most of the power outages are restored. New Jersey and NY City took the hardest blows with surge, wind and rain. Still, life can begin now, in many places to pick up and move forward and begin to return to normal, including DC.
NEXT FORECAST: Next storm.
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