October 25, 2012
Sandy has the potential to deliver a knockout punch to Philadelphia, South Jersey and Delaware or could swing and miss.
With a sudden left hook toward the mid-Atlantic and New England by Sandy becoming more likely early next week, the risk of major impact to travel and activities in the I-95 corridor is on the rise. So is the risk to lives and property.
The severity of impacts depends on where Sandy makes landfall relative to the tri-state area.
While there are equal chances the worst of the storm may occur northeast, toward New York City and Boston, there is also the potential for the region to be in the heart of the storm.
As we have stated here on AccuWeather.com and through our various media outlets in the city, there is the potential for damaging winds, power outages and coastal and urban flooding. Some neighborhoods and major highways could be flooded and trees could be blocking streets.
If Sandy, which has the potential to be the “Perfect Storm” of this century, takes the track over the Delaware Bay or the Delmarva Peninsula, people in the city, the northern and western suburbs and South Jersey could be wondering what hit them come Tuesday. Impacts from storm surge and winds could be far worse than that of Irene, last century’s Perfect Storm or Hazel. If the storm swings toward New York or Boston, the same folks may be saying, “Where’s Sandy?”
Stormy conditions would build Sunday night into Monday, then diminish late Tuesday. However, very blustery conditions with strong west to northwest winds may wrap around the storm through midweek.