North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

October 29, 2012

NJN/am for Monday, October 29, 2012

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

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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:

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.”

Sports: One Giants sweep for mankind. Marco Sctuaro’s RBI single in the top of the 10th inning turned out to be the game-winner, and in the bottom half relief pitcher Sergio Romo left Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera looking at a called strike three, as San Francisco swept Detroit with a 4-3 victory in Game 4 of the World Series. Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who hit three home runs in the first game of the series, was named the most valuable player… Pro football: Don’t look now, but the Atlanta Falcons are 7-0, thanks to a 30-17 win over Philadelphia on Sunday. Quarterback Matt Ryan finished off the Falcons’ first three drives with touchdown passes. It’s the first time Atlanta has started a season with seven straight wins… College football: Guess who’s sitting atop the BCS rankings? Alabama, of course, but the surprise comes next. Kansas State is now second and Notre Dame third, while Oregon stays in fourth despite being ranked second in the AP and USA Today polls. LSU is fifth; they host the Crimson Tide on Saturday.