Who would have thought that the strongest hurricane this year would hit this late in the season? That's what's happened as Hurricane Sandy grew overnight to become a Category 2 storm with 105 mph winds as it passed over Eastern Cuba. It's now spreading those high winds and heavy rains through the Bahamas.
However, southern Florida will also see an impact as the new track for Sandy has it remaining a hurricane east of the coast. Tropical Storm Warnings are now in effect for much of the Atlantic Florida coast for tomorrow. Winds are already picking up in Miami and the Florida Keys. There have been passing squalls as well with brief heavy rains. What happens over the weekend, though is a little more interesting.
Sandy will drift northward, guided by the same jet stream winds that are delivering our cold blast. Numerous computer models suggest that the position of the jet stream will help Sandy amplify and become a deep area of low pressure. In meteorology, this is called a "Nor'easter". It means punishing waves that lead to coastal flooding; heavy rain and persistent winds that could lead to power outages. If the timing is just right, the heart of the cold air will arrive as the strong is at it's strongest somewhere between Delaware and Cape Cod. That could mean inland snow for Pennsylvania, and New York. If you have travel plans to the northeast or have family there; tell then to prepare for the worst Sunday through Tuesday.