An animated storm tracker and up-to-the minute weather maps can be found on the right hand side of The Weston Forum’s website. Track the storm as it makes its way to Weston and the northeast.
Friday, Oct. 26. Hurricane Sandy will be at its worst here on Monday and Tuesday, according to the latest forecast models released Friday night by the National Hurricane Center. While Monday and Tuesday is expected to be the worst for southwest Connecticut, the storm could linger for days, according to several forecasts.
Hurricane Sandy, which was breaking up a bit on Friday but expected to reorganize and strengthen as it moves northwest from the Bahamas, was 2,000 miles wide.
Sandy is expected to move north overnight and then turn north-northwest while increasing speed on Saturday before turning northeast on Sunday.
Southwest Connecticut and the tri-state area will start to feel the impacts of “a dangerous coastal storm late this weekend into early next week,” according to National Weather Service hazardous weather outlook issued Friday evening.
The storm has sustained winds of 75 mph with higher gusts, according to the National Weather Center. Sandy is currently a category one hurricane with hurricane-force winds extending up to 35 miles from its center.
The storm, however, is expected to be a bit weaker by the time it reaches the tri-state area. But that is also when it is forecast to collide with a storm moving in from Ohio and Pennsylvania and another weather system moving south from Canada. The three together will form what forecasters are calling “Frankenstorm.”
But it should be stressed that forecasters will have a much better idea of what to expect from these storms over the next 36 hours. As of right now, rain and wind could start on Sunday before things get worse on Monday and Tuesday.
The specific impacts, however, will ultimately depend on the exact track and evolution of Sandy as it interacts with a deepening upper level low pressure system approaching the East Coast, according to the weather service.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy plans to partially activate the state’s Emergency Operations Center at 8 a.m. Saturday to coordinate the state’s response in advance of Hurricane Sandy. Based on the current forecast, it is anticipated that the state EOC will go to full activation Sunday at 8 a.m.
“Now is the time to prepare,” Governor Malloy said Friday evening. “Although the exact track of the storm is still uncertain, we are preparing for this storm to have a significant impact on the state and the public should do the same.”
The state has launched a website dedicated to keeping state residents up-to-date on all pertinent information on Hurricane Sandy, which can be accessed at ct.gov/sandy.
At 1 p.m. on Saturday, Malloy plans to hold a statewide conference call with municipal leaders, which will be followed by a media briefing with updates on Hurricane Sandy and Connecticut’s preparedness and response at 2 from the state EOC.
The storm has been moving rather slowly over the Atlantic Friday, as slowly as 6 mph, but weather forecasters expect it to eventually pick up some speed this weekend.
For a history of what Sandy has done so far, the Associated Press has a timeline of the storm since it formed as “Tropical Depression 18″ five days ago on Monday, Oct. 22, about 300 miles south of Jamaica.