Hurricane Sandy continues to lurk off the eastern coast, and Darin Figursky, meteorologist with the National Weather Service provides the latest update:
“Right now the latest advisory has Sandy about 460 south, south east of Charleston, South Carolina, and it’s going to be pretty slow and meandering here, slowing moving north, about five, ten miles an hour. Then it’s going to start accelerating to the northeast ahead of a cold front as it gets close to us here in central North Carolina as we go the next couple of days.”
Sandy’s effects to the Carolinas is predicted to be a wind and rain event, especially east of US 1 and I-95 according to Figurskey:
“Looks like all the track models forecast keep it east of the Outer Banks Saturday, into Sunday, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t going to affect our weather. Sandy’s going to be a large system, winds are going to extend far to the east and to the west. And expect from, especially US 1 to the east, as we get through the day tomorrow and the day on Sunday, an increase in wind and certainly an increase in rain. Heaviest rainfall probably east of I-95, certainly toward the coast.”
With 40 or so days left in the official hurricane season, Figurskey says it’s not unheard of to see a named storm of this size this late in the season:
“It probably doesn’t happen this year, especially this year, or any year for that matter to get into the named storms the S’s and the T’s, and you have to go back to I think 2005, maybe before we had to go into the Greek alphabet you had to go that late in the season with that many storms. So, from what we thought was going to occur early on in the year to this point, certainly we’ve had more storms than we expected and having one this strong pretty late is something that hasn’t really occurred too often especially close to the United States over the last several years.”
National Weather Service Meteorologist Darin Figurskey.