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Hurricane Sandy Could Be Headed for New Jersey

National Weather Service issues hazardous weather outlook for northern, southern parts of state.

Parts of New Jersey may see hazardous weather conditions this week and into next week as Hurricane Sandy makes its way to the U.S., according to the National Weather Service.

"]Hurricane] Sandy is slowly gathering strength south-southwest of Jamaica. The current forecast track has Sandy passing over Jamaica Wednesday afternoon as a hurricane, then near or over eastern Cuba Wednesday night. Winds have already begun to increase in and around the Florida Peninsula, especially over the coastal waters where Small Craft Advisories and Tropical Storm Watches are in effect," the NWS said.

In New Jersey, the hazardous weather outlook has been issued to begin Thursday, when rainfall and increased wind speeds are expected.

"The remnants of Sandy may affect portions of the area this weekend into early next week," according to the NWS website.

Keep monitoring forecasts

"This will ultimately depend on the eventual track and evolution of Tropical Cyclone Sandy as it interacts with a deepening upper level low pressure system approaching the east coast," the NWS said. "The storm may very well just move out to sea and have little, if any, impact on our weather. Again, forecast confidence is still low at this point since Sandy is still in the Caribbean Sea and any potential impacts are still several days away. Please refer to the National Hurricane Center for the latest forecasts on Sandy, and monitor the latest National Weather Service forecasts throughout the week."

Kristina Pydynowski, senior meteorologist for Accuweather.com, said "Depending on the path of Sandy, now brewing in the Caribbean, people along the East Coast during the week of Halloween could be looking a destructive storm or breathing a sigh of relief. Final destination scenarios for Sandy range from bypassing the East Coast to creating a nightmare for tens of millions of people from Norfolk, Va., to Philadelphia, New York City and Boston."

If it hits, it could be a big one

Eric Holthaus from the Wall Street Journal said if it hits, it could count among one of the bigger storms in history:

"What could happen is quite complicated, and may have precedence only a handful of times across the more than 200 years of detailed historical local weather recordkeeping (Big storms in 1804, 1841, 1991, and 2007 come immediately to mind)," he said.

Nose Wayne October 24, 2012 at 06:22 PM
If it hits, let's see how long it takes this time to OPEN the floodgates and drain the lake to absorb all that water ? Any takers out there ?
Mary Borst Marks October 24, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Hitting NJ on Thursday? That's tomorrow. Seems unlikely.
Peter James October 24, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Let's hear it FirstEnergy, tell us about the millions you've invested to "help" us.
Chris421 October 25, 2012 at 12:35 AM
@Mary, I think they mean the "outlook" is being issued tomorrow...not that THAT makes any sense either. lol
Madison Station October 25, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Someone should wake JCP&L up now. We might get power up and running within 60 days.
MarkDS October 25, 2012 at 11:35 AM
It may well turn out to not live up to the hype, but I would very much like to hear from another Sandy as to exactly what is being done this week to make sure that we do not have a repeat of the massive flooding of last year. The town really can not do anything about the power situation in advance, but I would like to hear from the Mayor and from JCP&L what resources are being put into place in case a major power recoery effort is needed.
Thomas Lotito October 25, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Hopefully the storm will pass with out incident, but you should be prepared just in case. Storm preparation: Propane for the gas grill. Gas for the generator. Firewood, . Flashlights, batteries. Battery operated radio. LCD puck lights ( Home Depot) to light the stair well. Extra food and water supplies. Dvd's for the kids.
FUNNY THING IS October 25, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Maybe this storm will cleanse some of the stuff that is going on in Bridge water...who knows might chase the wolf out of the sheeps clothing....
john clue October 25, 2012 at 01:38 PM
This is a very tricky storm that could hit us. It is changing and will continue to do so. In some way we will be impacted but if the highly accurate European model - which has been the most accurate on in the past few years - comes true we will have a mess on our hands and probably more than anything in the last few years. I don't want to cry wolf but we should start taking precautions and preparing. If isn't much, well then, we were prepared. This could be a very bad event.
Ulises October 25, 2012 at 02:23 PM
The only thing in our favor is that United Water's reservoirs, from NY to Oradell, are a lot lower, due to lack of rain this year, than when Irene passed through last year. Nevertheless, always prepare for the worse.
Ulises October 25, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Thanks Jimmy.
Scondo October 25, 2012 at 02:58 PM
I hope they are dropping the levels now. Good luck to all in the flood plain, I hope it goes well east of here. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
jjl October 25, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Great idea with the puck lights for the stairs!
Journey October 25, 2012 at 03:40 PM
I have some rechargeable flashlights that plug in light nightlights that turn on when the power goes out. Get a backup battery for your cellphones that can be charged with a crank turbine.
Ridgewood Mom October 25, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I hope they don't cancel Halloween again. :(
BeachBum October 25, 2012 at 04:12 PM
garage doors still open and close when the power goes out - You missed two important item's, beer/margaritas - Invest in a generator
BeachBum October 25, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Media Hype - It will go off the coast and miss NJ/NYC - Just light rain/breeze
joe raich October 25, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Lets take sandy seriously: ATTENTION UNITED WATER and OEM- two bills in the NJ state Assembly and Senate are designed to protect flood plain residents. Irene victims implore the above to lower water levels NOW !!! Victims say, "never again".
Rich October 25, 2012 at 08:48 PM
check out http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/hdfForecast?query=07960 to get up to date radar information. Click on SEVERE WEATHER tab to follow storm track
Scondo October 25, 2012 at 09:04 PM
http://river-depth.com/graphs/01386990?period=30
Scondo October 25, 2012 at 09:05 PM
WE SHALL SEE
Frank Drebin October 25, 2012 at 09:30 PM
It looks like they opened the flood gates today. http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=phi&gage=bonn4&view=1,1,1,1,1,1
hsr October 26, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Big storm may be hitting and some are worried about Halloween? Really?

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