October 24, 2012
While the severity and path of the storm grabbing attention is still questionable, the impacts would affect Norfolk and southeastern Virginia late Saturday night through Monday.
The storm, be it Sandy, a hybrid, a nor’easter or a period of rain and wind would advance quickly up the coast and may then stall. Hence, the unusually long period of nasty weather potential.
A storm moving northward near the coast would bring a substantial period of strong winds, heavy rain and coastal flooding to the area. How severe these impacts would be would depend on how close to the coast the storm tracks. Chilly, blustery conditions would follow later Monday and Tuesday.
A storm passing by out at sea would still bring an abbreviated period of rough surf, gusty winds and above normal tides, due to northerly winds for a time. The storm would still be passing by during the full moon, a time when astronomical tides are the greatest. Rain could also reach the area as the storm will grow in size as it becomes non-tropical.
More details will become available with this storm over the next few days. However, if you have extensive preparations to do as a precaution, waiting until early next week would be too late.
Even though your home or business may not be on the coast, a more severe, near-coast storm could result in long-duration power outages, well after the storm departs.