Sandy And Western MassachusettsOctober 27th, 2012 at 6:55 pm by Adam Strzempko under Weather
As Sandy continues on a track that will have an effect on us here in western Massachusetts it’s important to be prepared but we should not panic.
Last year we went through three of the worst storms that we’ve seen in our history. The devastating June 1st Tornado, the major flooding from Tropical Storm Irene and the unprecedented and devastating October snowstorm.
The likelihood of us seeing the same kind of devastation that we saw with those storms here in westernMassachusetts is not very likely.
Now that is not to say we won’t have flooding and power outages because it is pretty likely that we will have some. There are now Flood Watches and High Wind Watches in effect for all of western Massachusetts.
What we don’t expect is the same kind of damage and destruction we had last year. The damage from the October snowstorm was caused by very heavy, wet snow on trees with leaves. We are not forecasting any snow with this storm here.
The main thing right now that is trending in our favor is the path of the storm and the intensity. It would be nice if Sandywould go out to sea but that isn’t going to happen.
The models are in good agreement now that the storm will make landfall to our south, somewhere between Maryland and Long Island Sound with the best likelihood of it happening over New Jersey. This better for us then if it took the same track as Irene and moved right up the Connecticut Valley.
The storm would then track into Pennsylvania and New York. We will see the effects of it with strong winds and heavy rain. We are also prone to flooding from Tropical Storms that move inland so that will be a concern for us next week.
What we won’t have to worry about, but what places along the coast do have to worry about is coastal flooding, beach erosion and storm surge which could be devastating along the coast because the storm will be affecting the Northeast during a full moon and a high tide.
So yes be prepared, but right now here in western Massachusetts we don’t need to panic.