Frankenstorm Prepares To Wreck Havoc On The East Coast
“Don’t be fooled, don’t look out the window and say, it doesn’t look so bad,” New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo said today during a press conference regarding Hurricane Sandy. “The worst is still coming.”
The East Coast is slowly feeling the hurricane’s effects but this evening will bring the real havoc, according to meteorologists.The National Guard has been deployed along the Atlantic and because the hurricane is on a collision course with a winter storm and a cold front (with high tides from a full moon) it’s a rare hybrid being labeled “FrankenStorm.”
President Obama has urged the millions in Hurricane Sandy’s path to heed warnings from local and state officials.
“When they tell you to evacuate, you need to evacuate,” Obama said. “Don’t delay, don’t pause, don’t question the instructions that are being given because this is a powerful storm.”
The most populous region in the area, New York City, could face the brunt of the hurricane. The metropolis could be hit this evening with an 11-foot wall of water with the potential to swamp parts of lower Manhattan, flood subway tunnels and cripple the network of electrical and communications lines that are vital to the nation’s financial center.
Forecasters said the hurricane could blow ashore tonight or early Tuesday along the New Jersey coast, then cut across into Pennsylvania and travel up through New York State on Wednesday. “We’re looking at impact of greater than 50 to 60 million people,” says Louis Uccellini, head of environmental prediction for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.