Meteorologist Gail Martell of MartellCropProjections.com says Hurricane Sandy expected to bring a high storm surge to Mid-Atlantic Coast. The center of low pressure is expected to make landfall Monday night along the New Jersey shore tonight, then drift north into Pennsylvania. A flood watch has been issued due to expectations for 3-6 inches of rainfall in the Washington DC area, Maryland, Delaware and northern Virginia, and 6-8 inches in southern Pennsylvania. Wind gusts of 35 miles per hour are predicted today as far westward as Chicago, Illinois.
"After making landfall in the Mid-Atlantic, Sandy would drift slowly northward into central Pennsylvania Wednesday and reaching upstate New York by Friday, and weakening as it goes," says Martell. "On the back side of the storm system, cold air from Canada would be dragged southward into the United States, dropping temperatures 6-9 F below normal in the Northeast United States. There would be strong drying in the Midwest, Mississippi Valley and Southeast United States from subsiding air associated with the hurricane’s strong counter-clockwise wind circulation."