The National Weather Service's 2 p.m. update shows Hurricane Sandy producing tropical storm-force winds in the Atlantic as it nears Carolinas. The storm is still about 300 miles off the coast of Charleston, S.C., with tropical storm conditions expected to reach the Carolinas this afternoon.
The system is forecasted to move parallel with the U.S. coast through the weekend. A storm surge between four and eight feet is possible from
The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for central and eastern parts of Maryland, with Sandy expected to make landfall somewhere between the Delmarva peninsula and northern New Jersey. That could bring 3-5 inches of rain to the Interstate 95 corridor in Maryland, according to the weather service.
On Saturday afternoon, Mayor
The mayor will active the Emergency Operations Center at 7 a.m. Sunday.
The city’s three sandbag locations will remain open to residents until 9 p.m. The locations are
Steve Zubrick, science and operations officer and meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the storm is approximately 300 miles off the coast of Charleston, S.C., causing rain along the coastal southeast and as far north as Cape
Baltimore should see heavy rain and winds from the storm late Sunday or early Monday, Zubrick said. By late Monday night, the storm would be traveling over
The projected track from the
Forecasters urge East Coast residents not to take the storm lightly. Tropical storm force winds of at least 39 mph extend 450 miles from the center of the storm, meaning Maryland could be subject to heavy winds for two days or more starting late Sunday.
Hurricanes and tropical storms are rare for Maryland in October, Zubrick said. Across the Baltimore region, residents are preparing for the unusual encounter.
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. officials warned residents to prepare for extended power outages, and generators have been quickly disappearing from hardware store shelves.