Sandy is still a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds at 75mph and moving NE at 14mph. The minimum pressure is 951mb which means that the storm intensified from earlier posts. The main concerns still hold for us here in Southern New England. The only change is that some of the watches that were issued have been updated to warnings.
A high wind warning is in effect for all of the viewing area. The strongest of the winds are likely Monday and into Monday night. Expect the wind to be coming in from the east at 35-45mph with gusts up to or even over 70mph especially along the coast. The damaging winds will likely cause wide spread power outages.
Also, a coastal flood warning has been issued for the entire Rhode Island coastline including Block Island and south coastal Massachusetts. A 2-5 foot storm surge will result in moderate to major flooding even into Narragansett Bay. Destructive waves are possible as we move through Monday and into Tuesday. The worst of the flooding will occur Monday evening near the astronomical high tide. (In Newport at 8:23PM, for reference.) The National Weather Service states that this is the most serious coastal flood threat in years for much of coastal RI and south coastal MA. People need to have their preparations done today. Vulnerable areas need to be extra prepared and cautious. Roads may become impassible leaving some neighborhoods isolated.