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Sandy Strike a Matter Of When Not If, Official Says

Storm regained hurricane strength early Saturday morning and is predicted to not lose steam when it makes landfall.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's updated storm path and rainfall projections show show options for the storm missing the region "rapidly dwindling."

According to the report and graphics released Saturday evening by the NOAA's Gary Szatkowski, confidence continues to increase that the region will see very severe impacts from this storm.

Impacts could include:

• Strong damaging sustained winds 35 to 50 miles per hour over a prolonged period of time (24 to 48 hours), with gusts up to near hurricane strength. Strongest winds are expected south and east of the I-95 corridor.
• Extremely heavy rainfall.
• Major to record inland flooding along streams and rivers.
• Major to record coastal flooding, exacerbated by the full moon on Oct. 29.

Szatkowski's report also said the focus of preparation efforts should be on when Sandy hits the region, not if Sandy hits the region.

Saturday afternoon the National Weather Service (NWS) said Hurricane Sandy is not expected to gain or lose strength in the next 48 hours, according to its Saturday afternoon statement.

Meterologists at the NWS predicted Saturday sustained winds of 75 miles per hour with larger gusts possible when Sandy makes landfall on Monday.

Early Saturday afternoon meterologists pinned Hurricane Sandy to a southern or central New Jersey landfall, according to a report from AccuWeather. 

The storm is expected to arrive Monday evening, but AccuWeather meterologists said that the worst of the storm will occur ahead of its center.

Sandy regained hurricane strength Saturday morning as weather forecasters predict it will turn into a destructive "superstorm" and up the Eastern Seaboard that could cause as much as $3.2 billion in damages, CNN.com reported.

NWS said in an alert Sandy, which was briefly downgraded early Saturday morning to a tropical storm, is forecast to move Northeast and remain off the North Carolina coast, resulting in “significant impacts” along that state’s coast, before it continues to move north.

An NWS forecast for the greater New York City and Philadelphia area states that the storm is expected to “become a powerful, faster moving cyclone as it turns northwest ashore somewhere into New Jersey Tuesday.”

CNN’s Weather Unit expects Sandy to merge with a strong cold front from the west and morph into a “superstorm” that could cause widespread power outages for the East Coast from North Carolina to Maine.

The state Department of Environmental Protection ordered the floodgates on the Pompton Lakes dam to be raised in anticipation of the storm's arrival.

LV Outdoorsman007 October 27, 2012 at 03:44 PM
"If it looks stupid it is stupid."
Christina October 27, 2012 at 04:12 PM
does that mean Christie is stupid cause he looks stupid??
Bruce Ruck October 27, 2012 at 06:18 PM
NJ Poison experts at the NJ Poison Center 800 222 1222 urge extreme caution with gas generators usid during power outages. DO not become a statistic of carbon monoxide poisoning. Protect yourself if the storm hits. Use caution with gas powered generators and more helpful hints from the NJ Poison Experts. 24/7 365 will get you to a live NJ Poison Expert. Do not waste time searching the Internet if you need a fast accurate response call us at 800 222 1222 http://njpies.org/PDFs/News-and-Events/Press-Releases/2012/Storm_CO-Poisoning-(Oct2012).pdf
Saint Aloysius Church October 27, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Saint Aloysius Parish has CANCELLED ALL Religious Education classes on Monday, October 29th due to the hurricane. Please visit our website, www.stalscaldwell.org for more information. Thank you, and stay safe during the hurricane. Saint Aloysius Parish
Nose Wayne October 27, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Please take all precautions that are giving out by our local officials. This storm is not to be taking lightly. Stay safe,stay alive,stay home !!!!!
shovelitin October 27, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Yes, because he is the disaster governer. At least we finally agree on something!
scarletxknight October 28, 2012 at 01:25 AM
thanks for this info! all of this is good to know.
Cdc October 28, 2012 at 01:43 AM
How are the leaf crews not out today and tomorrow picking up leaves. The roads of the town has tons of leaves in the streets.
Nose Wayne October 28, 2012 at 01:59 AM
The town does not pick up leaves, you have to put them in paper bags or barrels and put them out for recycle.Call the town and give them your street and they will tell you what day is pick-up.
woresident October 28, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Nose Wayne...Do you live in West Orange? The town most certainly does pick up the leaves after they are piled in the street. My understanding was that leaf crews were out today picking up leaves.
Mom in West Orange October 28, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Yes, the Public Works department was out in West Orange today picking up leaves. It looked like they were trying to concentrate on the areas most likely to flood and making sure the leaves were cleared away from the storm drains, since it would not have been possible to get to every street. We can all help out by moving leaves away from the storm drains and refraining from raking any more leaves to the curb until the storm is over.
clyde donovan October 28, 2012 at 02:44 AM
No wonder property taxes are so high in Waste Orange. They don't have to bag their leaves.Total municipal mismanagement.
Nose Wayne October 28, 2012 at 03:33 AM
In Wayne we have to Bag/Barrel them. Didn't NOSE you lived in WO.
woresident October 28, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Nose Wayne...you're comment is on the west orange patch..I assumed you were commenting about WO
ILW October 28, 2012 at 02:05 PM
I live in Millburn Township and I'm reading the same PATCH Wayne and West Orange folks are reading regarding this post. Let's not get testy about who picks up what and when. Just be careful and be safe. Most likely, a phone call to your town will answer questions. We've already received directives about pick-ups for Monday via telephone messaging from the township.
Toni October 28, 2012 at 02:09 PM
No one's mentioned schools?
Montclair's Own October 28, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Toni, Surprisingly, no. I don't quite get it, since it impacts so many people, from those who have to get babysitters, stay-home, take public transportation, etc. You'd expect, at least, some discussion.
Monica Sclafani October 28, 2012 at 02:47 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.
ILW October 28, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Thank You Monica S. ! Your childfren's safety should come first ~~
Diane Jones October 28, 2012 at 04:49 PM
I am just shocked at how many people including Somerset Cty HAVE NOT MOVED their things inside, decorations, chairs, tables, plants, lights on a little arm-not attached permanently to anything. Just a mild northeastern would do damage to these things and here we have predicted the storm of the century. Our Beacon also said leaves had to be bagged this year with a fine 1200.00 and I see leaves all over the street in high piles.
Nathan October 31, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Hello I'm from Australia and I have a very close friend that I've been unable to contact, shes from Paramus NJ and I was wondering if anyone here knows how bad things are (or were) in that area. Thank you and stay strong guys.
marypenn October 31, 2012 at 03:54 AM
For Nathan : things are bad all over NJ but your friend probably has no power at home, likely has phone lines down from fallen trees so has no land line service. If cell phone cannot be charged (likely), contact with her is quite hard. Try email but that is pretty sketchy also. Dont assume the worst all normal means of communication have been severely impacted by this storm. Try other friends who may know of her status. Mary Ellen in Essex Cty
Nathan October 31, 2012 at 08:20 AM
Thankyou Mary :) Best wishes.
suzan October 31, 2012 at 04:40 PM
hi....i hv my close relative in hilloborough nj....can anyone give any idea how bad is the situation there? I am extremely worried...
Hepcat October 31, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Depends on where in Hillsborough they are, Suzan. A good portion of the town is without power and there are trees down all over the place. I wouldn't say we're in a disaster area. Many have it far worse than we do. But many are without basic services right now.
zizi October 31, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Nathan: Paramus is doing pretty well. There is very little damage as far as I can tell just driving through. Some parts of the town have lost power and there is some tree damage.
Nathan October 31, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Thank you again for the info :) make sure to be careful with the fumes if you guys are using generators.

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