The waiting continues, as Hurricane Sandy continues barreling Northeast, with “unheard of” winds already reaching 75 mph. The storm is moving 15 mph, and could make landfall anywhere between Sandy Hook, N.J., and Delaware. “Once it arrives, a high-pressure system will have the effect of a cork in a bottle, sealing the storm in the area so it can’t escape,” reports CBS 2 meteorologist Lonnie Quinn.
Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade is eerily quiet and virtually deserted, while, the BQE Highway was spooky desolate as residents hunker down for predicted rains of 5-9″ and sustained winds of 40 mph with gusts up to 80 mph, which could persist for up to 36 hours.
Inland areas may see downed trees, power outages, torrential downpours and possible tornadoes. Quinn says, “It’s like giving this storm a Monster energy drink.”
Last year, Hurricane Irene dumped 11 inches of rain over 3-7 hours, as opposed to Frankenstorm’s exposure from 24 to 36 hours. *