November 01, 2012; 7:26 AM
Millions of people impacted by Sandy will have no power or heat through late this week and weekend, and unfortunately, chilly air and a gusty breeze will be in place.
Highs will be held in the 50s on through the weekend along the I-95 corridor from Boston to New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., with lows dipping into the upper 30s and lower 40s.
Across the interior Northeast, from the Appalachians on westward, highs will top out in the 40s for most places. A few spots in the central and southern Appalachians, especially where heavy snow from Sandy fell, highs will fail to climb out of the mid- to upper 30s. Lows will fall below freezing in the coldest locations. This degree of cold with no heat can be very dangerous.
It will remain breezy through the rest of the week and into the weekend with sustained winds of 10-20 mph and locally higher gusts. With the breeze factored in, AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures will be even lower than actual temperatures.
A few showers will linger across the interior into the weekend as well.
“Trying to stay warm still no power,” tweeted @jlsmith early Thursday morning, Nov. 1, 2012.
Sandy Batters Mid-Atlantic Region
Extensive flooding occurred in coastal areas of New Jersey and along the Atlantic coast of Maryland due to Sandy’s storm surge on Monday.
Large sections of the Atlantic City Boardwalk were floating around in the floodwaters, while famous piers were destroyed.
“Iconic AC pier – destroyed!” tweeted Serena Marshall on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012.
Besides destruction of famous piers and landmarks, significant beach erosion occurred along the New Jersey coast.
Minor storm surge flooding also occurred in the Chesapeake Bay. Early Tuesday at high tide, minor tidal flooding was occurring around Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
While water surged toward the coast, torrential rainfall and high winds pounded the mid-Atlantic region.
Peak wind gusts include 60 mph in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.; 88 mph in Montclair, N.J.; 81 mph in Allentown, Pa.; 79 mph in Highland Beach, Md.; and 79 mph in Chester Gap, Va.
Governor Christie said early Tuesday that there were 2.4 million customers with no electricity in New Jersey, twice the number of power outages caused by Irene in 2011.