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Hurricane Sandy Chooses a More Westerly Path

Hurricane Sandy strengthened overnight Wednesday into Thursday, and also defined direction. It appears as of the 8:00 am briefing on Thursday that the storm will stay off-shore, but create a rain event for the eastern part of North Carolina. National Weather Service Meteorologist Gail Hartfield:

“Sandy, well overnight deepened quite rapidly, and then really intensified and is now a Category 1 or a borderline Category 2 hurricane.”

The effects of the storm on the eastern part of the state are still a few days away according to Hartfield:

“Expectations are that the actual center is going to be passing off-shore of North Carolina between the North Carolina coast and Bermuda, sometime very late Saturday night through Monday, basically. It’s going to be moving a little more slowly at that point.”

At this early stage of the game, a definitive prediction is still unclear;

“It’s still up in the air, literally, as far as how much wind we’ll see; liable to see some northerly winds 10 to 20 miles per hour, and you could see some gusts a little over that, mainly a long and east of I-95. And of course we do have some expectations of some heavy rain in that corridor roughly from I-95 eastward, and of course the closer you get to the coast the worse conditions are going to get.”

National Weather Service Meteorologist Gail Hartfield. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.