As Mondays go, this isn’t shaping up as one of the better ones…
Weather: Cold here, brutal back east. Hurricane Sandy will hit the northeast part of the country today, but it will affect our weather here. The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory through 7 p.m., with sustained winds of 20 to 25 m.p.h. and gusts as much as 40 m.p.h. Highs today will not get past the upper 50s, and tonight’s lows will go down to the middle 30s, and a few low-lying areas could reach freezing. Tuesday will be sunny but still breezy, with highs perhaps reaching 60.
Sandy takes aim. It will be downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it makes landfall later today, but Hurricane Sandy is no typical storm. The center of Sandy is expected to reach land somewhere around Ocean City or Atlantic City, N.J., but the storm has a huge footprint that will affect the Atlantic coastline from North Carolina’s Outer Banks to Maine. Sandy will move very slowly, and will create high winds and torrential rain for as much as 48 hours. Here are some things affected by the storm that may affect you:
- All U.S. stock markets will be closed Monday, and possibly Tuesday.
- Airports from roughly Washington, D.C. northeast will mostly be closed Monday and possibly Tuesday, resulting in the cancellation of thousands of flights. If you’re flying, check with your airline early and often. Amtrak will not operate north of North Carolina, generally, and bus service in the northeast will largely be shut down. New York is taking the extremely-rare step of shutting down its subways and commuter trains, as is Washington.
How serious will this storm be? A statement issued by the National Weather Service’s Mount Holly, N.J. office implores people to consider loved ones and rescue teams “who will rescue you if you are injured or recover your remains if you do not survive.”