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    Ocean Grove, NJ - About 24 hours BEFORE Hurricane Sandy officially arrives! This is looking VERY serious...






    Governor Malloy said Hurricane Sandy is the largest threat to human life that Connecticut has ever experienced.

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    Tone turns ominous at The Weather Channel

    DAVID BAUDER | Associated Press

    NEW YORK (AP) The Weather Channel had its third straight day of a round-the-clock vigil for the approaching superstorm, and the tone of its meteorologists turned more ominous Sunday with evidence building that their forecasts would come true.

    The network is planning to live-stream its television coverage online so people in the eastern United States who lose power can keep up with the news on their mobile devices. The storm is expected to affect some 50 million people.

    "We want you to know we are not hyping this storm, OK?" on-air meteorologist Vivian Brown said. "We don't do that at The Weather Channel because we want you to be alert and aware."

    Other television networks mixed news of Hurricane Sandy with stories like the presidential campaign. In New York, the local CBS outlet ran a split screen with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivering a storm briefing Sunday afternoon and the New York Jets' game against the Miami Dolphins.

    But Hurricane Sandy, which is mixing with other weather systems to create a storm of unprecedented strength in the region, kept the undivided attention of The Weather Channel.

    The network's Julie Martin, stationed on a beach in Nags Head, N.C., looked increasingly weary of the wind and rain as she described the storm's staying power in a series of live reports.

    Meteorologist Jim Cantore, the network's most visible personality, said it was unlike anything he'd ever seen or covered. He had to take a brief break from his live reports from New York's Battery Park City to move his belongings because his hotel had been evacuated; his publicist's apartment was also in the evacuation zone.

    Bryan Norcross, the network's senior hurricane specialist, explained in an interview that the network tries to keep its tone serious yet urgent. The network's computer models have been consistent in their forecasts of the storm and it has been acting as anticipated, perhaps with even more strength.

    "Our goal has been to get people to appreciate the magnitude of the storm and try to prove to them that, based on everything we know, that this is going to be a system that is outside of their experience," Norcross said.

    The Weather Channel sent a message via Twitter calling it "an extraordinary storm, an extremely serious threat" and urged followers to re-tweet it. The storm "will occupy a place in the annals of weather history as one of the most extraordinary to have affected the United States," the network tweeted.

    Quickly, the Business Insider tweeted: "WHOA. The Weather Channel meteorologist just completely freaked out."

    Twitter filled with messages of concern for people in its path, as well as a few oddities. Comic Ricky Gervais made an unprintable suggestion as a joke, while media mogul Rupert Murdoch tweeted: "Eerie feeling, but kids getting ready to celebrate no school."

    ABC News posted a blog of storm-related news, while another Twitter message contained links to live webcams where computer users could track the storm's progress.

    Cosmopolitan magazine tweeted advice for "how to cut your bangs at home (because if you're going to be house-bound for Sandy, why not?)." ''Sesame Street" offered a hurricane toolkit to help children understand what's going on.

    Judging by The Weather Channel, there were also people who saw a business opportunity. There were frequent commercials from companies that make generators for people to keep electricity going in their homes if the power lines go down.

    Partly to underline the seriousness of the situation, The Weather Channel has refrained from using the "Frankenstorm" nickname coined by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration last week when the storm was a model on its computer forecasts.

    "Being cute about this storm is not the right idea," Norcross said.

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    Ocean Grove, NJ - About 24 hours BEFORE Hurricane Sandy officially arrives! This is looking VERY serious...






    Governor Malloy said Hurricane Sandy is the largest threat to human life that Connecticut has ever experienced.

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    4 Things You Need to Know About Hurricane Sandy

    Andrea Thompson, OurAmazingPlanet Managing Editor | LiveScience.com

    Dubbed Frankenstorm, Hurricane Sandy is an unusual storm by any measure.

    It's enormous, could become a hybrid tempest of sorts, and is creeping north all in time for Halloween. Now, forecasters and emergency mangers have urged those in harm's way to prepare for the Category 1 hurricane, and for widespread impacts that potentially last for several days from Sandy's strong winds, heavy rains and punishing storm surge.

    Here, OurAmazingPlanet reviews four facts about Sandy you need to know ahead of its arrival.

    4. It's a huge storm.

    Sandy is an extremely large storm, with hurricane-force winds that extend 175 miles (280 km) from its center and tropical storm-force winds that extend out 520 miles (835 km).

    Sandy is now the second largest Atlantic tropical cyclone since 1988, behind 2001's Olga, which had winds that extended out 600 miles (965 km), according to Weather Underground.

    "The size of the storm is going to carve a pretty large swath of bad weather," Rick Knabb, the director of the National Hurricane Center, said in a press conference on Sunday.

    Some 50 million to 60 million people will potentially be impacted by this storm, authorities have said.

    Sandy's wind field is so large that it could cover the eastern third of the country and even impact the Great Lakes as it works its way inland.

    " # Sandy has prompted a lakeshore flood watch for # Chicago - that's how huge this storm is!" the Weather Channel's Hurricane Central account tweeted Sunday morning.

    Sandy's size is also "why it is so capable of producing a life-threatening storm surge," Knabb said during the press conference. A storm's winds push up ocean waters ahead of it, and those waters can flood coastal areas as they're forced ashore.

    New York City could see its highest storm surge levels in history. Hurricane Irene, for instance, caused a storm surgeof 4 feet (1.2 meters). Sandy is expected to cause life-threatening flooding in New York Harbor and tides of 6 feet to 11 feet (1.8 to 3.3 m) in areas of Long Island Sound, according to the National Weather Service.

    3.What it's called doesn't matter.

    Hurricane, post-tropical storm … even "Frankenstorm" — the name attached to Sandy isn't what people should focus on, Knabb said. More important is recognizing that it is a strong, large storm capable of causing significant damage.

    While Sandy is still a hurricane, it is expected to transition into a post-tropical cyclone either before it moves ashore or shortly thereafter. While as a hurricane Sandy has derived energy from warm ocean waters and warm, moist air, it will begin to be fueled by the temperature difference between it and the cold air on the other side of a cold front sweeping across the country.

    The National Hurricane Center didn't issue tropical storm or hurricane watches or warnings north of the North Carolina border in an effort to avoid confusion when the eventual switch to non-tropical alerts comes, Knabb said. Warnings being issued for areas under the gun are for "high winds" and flooding.

    2. It's not like any past storm.

    While Hurricane Sandy has been compared to the Perfect Storm that hit the Northeast in 1991, as well as other historic storms, "each storm is unique," Louis Uccellini, director of NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Prediction, said during the same press conference. Historical comparisons can really only be made after the storm, Uccellini added.

    Knabb warned those in states that could see impacts from Sandy not to judge their level of danger based on previous storms.

    "I'd like to urge people to pay attention to this particular storm. Every storm is different," he said.

    For example, while New York City didn't bear the brunt of Hurricane Irene last year, it could see major impacts from Sandy.

    1.Its effects will be localized.

    While broad watches and warnings for high winds, heavy rains and storm surge have been issued, "not everyone is going to have the same impacts," saidCraig Fugate, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

    The effects of Sandy may be highly localized. For example, while the potential storm surge for New York Harbor and the Long Island Sound is for 6 to 11 feet (2 to 3.5 meters), not all places along those coastlines will see that exact level of surge and the level they do see will depend on the timing of the storm's arrival and the tidal cycle, which is being affected by a full moon.

    "We just can't forecast that timing exactly," Knabb said.

    The National Hurricane Center forecast for Sandy notes that storm surge levels "can vary greatly over short distances." It also notes that while rainfall of 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 centimeters) is expected over parts of the Mid-Atlantic, some areas could see isolated rains of as much as 12 inches (30 cm).

    The best way to find out what to expect at your particular location is to go to weather.gov and type in your zip code, Knabb said.

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    Hopefully the cast of jersey shore ignores the warnings.

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    Windy and rainy right now. Still have power (for now). But this afternoon and evening will be the worst of it. Fortunately I'm not near the shoreline. Basically the entire shoreline had mandatory evacuations. I guess if anything good came of last year's Tropical Storm Irene, it's that we're much better prepared this year. Unfortunately this storm is being characterized as something we, in CT, have not seen in our lifetime. Wish us luck!
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    Yeah, I am working until about noon today in DC, then getting the hell out of Dodge.

    There is nobody in town, but they have wind warnings in effect basically saying "don't even be out walking at 3pm."

    Our power will be out, there are a lot of OLD neighborhoods around DC with above ground power lines, it is going to be bad in that regard. Who knows with the flooding, etc. Hopefully no one does anything stupid and gets themselves killed in a flood.
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    Thoughts and prayers coming from Down Under...

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    Stay safe everyone in the path of this storm. It seems like a recurrence of the Perfect Storm from 1991.
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    Looks like Baltimore, is line for a good bit of damage from this storm
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    Atlantic City streaming video...

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    Breaking News: Sandy has strengthened again, with top sustained winds at 90MPH. Here is the very latest track from the National Hurricane Center
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