Sandy Will Be a 'Long-Duration Event,' NOAA Official Says

Hurricane will bring a variety of hazards and up to 8 inches of rain as it wreaks havoc throughout East Coast, according to federal officials.

As Hurricane Sandy travels toward the East Coast, New Jersey residents should brace for a slow deterioration of the weather well before landfall early next week, according to officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Additional damage from Sandy is expected, because the hurricane is expected to lose speed by the time it makes landfall. This will extend the period of heavy wind and rainfall, according to NOAA's National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb.

Sandy is expected to bring between 5 and 8 inches of rain to the affected area, NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Prediction Director Dr. Louis Uccellini said. Between 50 and 60 million people will be impacted by Sandy well into next week.

"It's difficult to pinpoint who is going to get the worst of the surge," Knabb said on Saturday. But, Knabb added, "there is no avoiding a significant storm surge event."

Uccellini said there's a "very, very significant potential for inland flooding," adding that Sandy is not just a threat to the coastal regions. 

Knabb encouraged people to prepare for Sandy this weekend, because once the hurricane hits it will be a "long-duration event, well into next week."

Besides flooding, FEMA officials expressed their concern for the possibility of wide spread power outages. 

"Based on the windspeed we don’t expect substantial structural damages," FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said. "Our primary concern is wide spread power outages due to trees coming down."

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie declared New Jersey in a state of emergency on Saturday morning and called for evacuations of the coastal region.

mary hagemann October 27, 2012 at 11:55 PM
give a helping hand where its needed, lets all be safe .
anna October 28, 2012 at 11:43 AM
mary.. i agree with you.. being safe is the key to survival.. also give a helping hand to those who need it the most......
Liz Kril October 28, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Does this mean schools are closed and No Garbage pick-up?
Monica Sclafani October 28, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Parsippany - please check the district website: www.pthsd.k12.nj.us regarding our schools. Decisions are being made based on information received from the Parsippany Police Dept. and the Office of Emergency Management. There is more information on the website regarding notification of school closings, busing, etc. As the safety of our kids is the highest priority, we are advised to use our own judgement as to whether or not to send our kids to school.
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