Massachusetts is bracing for the impact of Hurricane Sandy. Meteorologist Mark Rosenthal said some areas already have rain and high winds, with the brunt of the storm reaching the state on Monday.
This is the very beginning of Sandy. As a matter of fact, we are noting that the winds are really starting to pick up along the coast — northeast now 20 to 40 miles per hour — and we do have a Coastal Flood Warning posted for coastal South Shore and a Coastal Flood Watch for the east-facing beaches including Boston and Plum Island.
Tonight the bands of rain are going to be working in from the ocean and the heavy rains associated with Sandy will be coming up from the south, and the winds have already picked up from the northeast. So we'll get drizzly and rainy and windy, and temperatures will be in the lower 50s. And then for tomorrow when you wake up, it should be raining at a pretty good clip, the winds picking up from the east at 30 to 50 miles per hour.
On Cape Cod, there's going to be major coastal flooding. On the Cape, the winds could gust anywhere from 75 to 100 miles per hour. And you extrapolate that west to the Rhode Island coast, Long Island, down towards New York and New Jersey, where they're going to have devastating floods in New York and New Jersey — even upstate New York and Pennsylvania, as the storm stalls in southeastern Pennsylvania, there'll be devastating floods.
I think even on Tuesday, because the storm's going to be stalling in southeastern Pennsylvania, we're still going to have strong southeast winds at 25 to 45 miles an hour, and bands of rain coming up out of southern New England. And gradually, late Tuesday and Tuesday night, I think the storm will push away, and finally by Wednesday, even though we'll be left with a lot of clouds and gusty southwest winds, it will be much better.