Ding-dong, it’s the Frankenstorm!
Hurricane Sandy is bearing down on the Northeast and its 65 million residents – and taking aim to wreak havoc in the Big Apple.
“This will be a storm very few people have experienced in their lifetime,” said AccuWeather meteorologist Mark Paquette, predicting the mammoth cyclone will be more disastrous than last year’s Hurricane Irene, which caused $15 billion in damage.
New Yorkers will experience the worst of the killer storm late tomorrow night, when mighty 70-mph winds and torrential rain arrive.
The eye of the storm is expected to make landfall in central or southern New Jersey late tomorrow or early Tuesday, with the devastating right hook of the spinning monster hitting the city and Long Island.
The Frankenstorm is a rare convergence of three systems – Category-1 hurricane Sandy’s colliding with frigid Canadian air coming south and a wintry storm barreling in from the west. The megastorm is expected to park over an 800-mile stretch of the Northeast for days, with officials bracing for the worst – nearly a foot of rain and up to 2 feet of snow inland in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
In the city, areas of Queens and The Bronx near the western end of Long Island are expected to get the worst of the flooding, as winds create a bottleneck effect, leaving the water no place to go but on land.
Mayor Bloomberg, said the city is ready for anything Sandy – which will peter out by Wednesday night – can muster. “Whenever we’re faced with a tough situation, New Yorkers always show courage, compassion and presence of mind,” he tweeted.
Source: The NY Post