Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Massive Sandy unwinds

The damage is historic in places as former hurricane Sandy unwinds across Pennsylvania this morning. The center has 65mph winds and is located about 90 miles west of Philly moving west northwest at 15mph.

Water pours into a New York subway station in Hoboken, New Jersey during the storm surge on Monday night.
 I could list for days all the weather and damage this massive storm has unleashed on the eastern portion of North America, but I will some it up in one statement. This one storm has managed to devastate coastal communities from the Outer Banks to Long Island, dump feet of snow in West Virginia, cut power to millions across the northeast and into Ontario and Quebec and flood portions of Manhattan and the New York City subway system all at the same time. The death toll in the US stands at 15 with 1 fatality reported in Toronto, (Sandy had already taken over 60 lives in the Caribbean). Flooding continues to be a problem in many parts of the middle Atlantic, along with strong winds still likely in the 60 to 90km/h range for a few more hours across New England and into the St. Lawrence Valley. The broad circulation of the storm is pumping warm air north into southern Quebec this morning.  Montreal was at 17C (63F) most of the overnight, when our normal low should be near the freezing mark. Montreal today will continue to have gusty winds along with showers and perhaps a bit of heavier rain at times as the circulation continues out of the southeast. What remains of Sandy will eventually lift into Ontario and Quebec pulling down colder air to end the week along with rain for Montreal. Highs today will be near 18C (the record is 20.5 from 1989). Temperatures will cool to end the week with a high of only 4C by Friday.

Heavy snow is falling on the cold side of Sandy in the mountains of West Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee. (AP Photo)
This morning power is being restored to the sporadic outages across southern Quebec. At one time nearly 50,000 were without power in Quebec, 90,000 in Ontario and currently over 6 million across the eastern US into the Great Lakes.

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