Hurricane Sandy Update, October 27, 3:00PM

Sandy is currently a Category 1 strength hurricane with sustained winds at 75mph and gusts up to 90mph. The storm is moving NE at 11mph and has a minimum pressure of 961mb.

The track still continues to bring the center of the storm to the Delmarva peninsula and the New Jersey coastline but it has sped up just a bit to make landfall sometime Monday afternoon into Monday evening. This is a very large storm so effects will be felt hundreds of miles from the center of the storm.

Here in Southern New England, Connecticut and Massachusetts have declared states of emergency and a coastal flood watch is in effect for the Connecticut coastline. We can expect the showers and breeze to start picking up by tomorrow afternoon. Monday will be even breezier and then the brunt of what we will experience comes through Monday evening into Tuesday. We are still expecting high wind speeds and gusts with an easterly flow, we are looking at wind speeds from 30-50mph with gusts potentially over 60-70mph.

Total rainfall amounts will likely end up between 2-5 inches. Moderate beach erosion will be possible, coastal flooding will also be a potential issue, and huge waves are likely Monday.