Hurricane Sandy Update

As Hurricane Sandy’s assault on the New England region, municipal (as well as state and Federal) government agencies continue to meet the challenges being thrown at them.

Government leaders throughout the region have noted that the lessons learned in the aftermath of last year’s Tropical Storm Irene have resulted in significant improvement in a number of areas, including electric utility preparedness and communication with local and state emergency management officials and other residents.

All six New England governors have now declared states of emergency.

A major challenge facing the region this evening is the anticipated storm surge coinciding with a wind shift to the south and an astronomical high tide.

Here is the updated National Weather Service 5-Day Forecast Cone for Hurricane Sandy:

Hurricane Sandy Projection

High wind warnings, coastal flood warnings, and other advisories extend for several hundred files outside of the forecast cone. As noted above, the worst of the flooding (including a combination of storm surge plus incoming tide) is anticipated at high tide this evening. For location specific forecasts, please consult the guidance for the appropriate local weather office:

National Weather Service: Weather Forecast Office, Caribou, ME

National Weather Service: Weather Forecast Office, Gray/Portland, ME

National Weather Service: Weather Forecast Office, Taunton/Boston, MA

National Weather Service: Weather Forecast Office, Burlington, VT

National Weather Service: Weather Forecast Office, Albany, NY

National Weather Service: Weather Forecast Office, Upton/New York City, NY

Media reports:

NECN: Hurricane Sandy: Photos of the storm

CT: Officials fear ‘unprecedented’ damage as Hurricane Sandy nears state (Connecticut Post)

CT: Shoreline Officials Monitoring Sewage Concerns (Hartford Courant)

CT: Hurricane Sandy Slideshow (WFSB-TV)

ME: As more lose power, LePage calls state of emergency (Portland Press Herald)

MA: More than 300,000 lose power as Hurricane Sandy batters Massachusetts (Boston Globe)

MA: Flooding, fallen trees and limbs cause road closures (Cape Cod Times)

NH: Over 100,000 power outages reported in N.H. (Foster’s Daily Democrat)

RI: Providence hurricane barrier closes (WPRI-TV)

RI: Wind gust tears off portion of Rumford post office roof in East Providence (East Providence Post)

RI: Photo Gallery: In advance of Hurricane Sandy (Providence Journal)

VT: Travel, power and schools affected as Sandy moves closer to Vermont (Burlington Free Press)

National: Hurricane Sandy’s power outages could be epic (USA Today)

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