TRACKING SANDY: Monday 1 p.m. update

Posted at 1:25 PM, Oct 29, 2012
and last updated 2012-10-29 15:31:45-04

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As of mid-day Monday, Hurricane Sandy is even stronger than this morning, with maximum sustained winds now up to 90 mph, which is up from 75 mph overnight. Sandy began its turn northwest this morning and is accelerating, preparing for landfall around 7 p.m. along the southern New Jersey coast.

We are now entering the most intense time of the storm's  impact on the Commonwealth, and you can expect increasing wind gusts and heavier rainfall through the afternoon.

The most dangerous wind gusts will occur between 8 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday as the cyclone continues to morph from a hurricane as it moves inland as a seriously intense cyclone in the Northeast.

Power outages are likely as a result of rain-soaked ground allowing for trees to topple more easily in the overnight strong wind gusts. Remember, many of our trees are also already distressed and damaged from multiple previous severe wind events this year. If you have trees like this near your home, they will be the most likely to fall.

Rain totals along Virginia's coastline have already been significant, ranging 3 to 7 inches. This is what we still expect for storm total rainfall accumulations in central Virginia by the time the storm lifts well north of us Tuesday afternoon:

Coastal flooding will continue through Tuesday as well, as the greatest wind speeds coincide with the Full Moon today and the high tide times.

In addition to the wind and rain, there will also be a burst of wet snow mixing in with the rain after Midnight tonight through Tuesday morning in central Virginia. Temperatures will remain well above freezing near the surface and at the ground, though, which means snow will be melting as it falls. Any snow that sticks won't linger for long as it continues to melt on the ground.

Meteorologist Carrie Rose
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