Hurricane Sandy, Local Forecast, First Energy Ready

Kill Devil, North Carolina
Kill Devil, North Carolina

As Hurricane Sandy continues its roll towards the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, people in some of the nation's most populated cities have either evacuated or hunkered down to ride out what has become known as "Frankenstorm." As of its 8 a.m. Eastern briefing, the National Hurricane Center has declared Sandy a Category 1 storm, located 265 miles southeast of Atlantic City, NJ, and 310 miles southeast of New York. The storm is churning at 20 mph towards the north with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. It is expected to make landfall late Monday night near Atlantic City. The NHC expects 4 to 8 inches of rain across the Mid-Atlantic states, including the Delmarva Peninsula. As many as 12 inches are possible in isolated areas. The northeastern regions of North Carolina will see rainfall totals averaging 3 to 6 inches, with isolated maximum totals of 8 inches. About 1 to 3 inches are expected from the southern tier of New York through New England. Isolated totals could reach as high as 5 inches. Forecasters at the NHC also believe Sandy is particularly troubling because of its potential to cause "life-threatening" storm surges. This means normally dry areas along the East Coast could be threatened by rising water levels. The storm has stopped moving easterly and is expected to begin moving westward Monday, which will result in peak surge conditions.

TODAY: Very windy with rain. Wind will continue to increase into this afternoon. High: 47 Wind: N at 25-25 mph with gusts to 55 mph.

TONIGHT: Dangerously windy with rain. Low: 43 Wind: NW at 40-50 mph with gusts to 80 mph.

TUESDAY: Dangerously windy in the morning, not as, but still very windy in the afternoon with rain. High: 49

Here's what you need to know:-Wind and rain will be increasing in intensity with dangerous wind conditions tonight through Tuesday morning. Expect power outages and wind damage across our area. Wind gusts 70-80 mph. Strongest wind along the lakeshore.

FirstEnergy encourage all customers to prepare for the possible severe impacts of Hurricane Sandy early next week. Weather forecasters are predicting a dangerous storm that will strike the east coast with powerful, damaging winds and heavy rain. Further west, customers could see heavy snow. Depending on the severity of the storm's impact on the electrical system, customers are encouraged to stay safe by preparing for the possibility of power outages lasting up to seven to 10 days by taking action before the storm occurs:   If you have a water well and pump, keep an emergency supply of bottled water and consider filling your bathtub with fresh water.  If customers have not received a call from FirstEnergy in the past 48 hours regarding their life support equipment, they should call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877). Those who call and are not registered will receive a form that must be completed by their doctor.

Julia Tullos, WOIO Assignment Manager