Frankenstorm 2012: Hurricane Sandy Hybrid Could Hit NY, NJ and Pennsylvania

Hurricane Sandy is projected to hit New York, New Jersey and Washington DC, according to the disaster’s latest track updates on Thursday.

Although the hurricane is still in few days away from the northeast meteorologists don’t rule out that Sandy, also dubbed a “Frankenstorm” by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, could reach the category 2 hurricane all the way to the DC and New York areas. Photo: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Flickr

Judging by recent estimates, some people worry that the storm could work its way all the way up the I-95 corridor, hit Boston, and go on to strike some of the nation’s most populous regions, The Christian Post reports.

“It really could be an extremely significant, historic storm,” said Brian McNoldy, a senior research associate at the University of Miami, explaining that conditions are similar to those that created the famous “perfect storm” of 1991.

Hurricane Sandy may develop into a grave threat to the coast due to the chain of event known as a midlatitude trough that is moving across the country from the west. If the systems meet up the storm over land could draw the hurricane in.

“Now you’ve got this giant storm complex with a lot of energy,” Dennis Feltgen, a meteorologist and spokesman for the National Hurricane Center, said. The combination of the given systems may lead to high winds, extremely heavy rains and storm surges that would cause extensive damage.

“This combination all coming together is not seen very often,” calms down Bryan Norcross, a hurricane specialist at the Weather Channel. “It takes just the right configuration in the atmosphere for it all to come together.”

Frankenstorm has already passed away lives of at least 20 people in the Caribbean, and just left the Bahamas. It is forecasted to move north, just off the Eastern Seaboard.

According to The Huff Post, federal forecasters were scrupulously examining the situation at the Delaware shore as the spot it will turn inland and merge with a wintry storm front.

However, as there is a lot of room for error in the forecast, the hurricane could possible turn closer to New York and New Jersey and bring the worst weather there.

“Some computer models are saying the storm will come into the shoreline at Delaware and southern New Jersey,” said AccuWeather meteorologist Elliot Abrams. “If that happens, we could have tropical storm or hurricane-force wind gusts, flooding rains and quite a bit of flooding along the coast.”

City officials are also on high alert, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg reported.

“We don’t know when or where or if the storm’s going to hit,” he said. “The forecasters say it could be dangerous . . . . It has the potential to give you really weird weather like snow, and a lot of rain, and high wind.”

He went on, saying that emergency management crews have already set up a situation room to respond to a threat, and agency officials met Thursday morning to plan their response, writes The New York Daily News.

“There’s no reason to panic,” he said. “We saw that hurricanes like Irene can really do damage, and you have to take them seriously. We don’t expect — based on current forecasts — to have anything like that, but we’re going to make sure we’re prepared.”

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