So far not too bad for our area. A few spotty outages but not much. I was ready a recent discussion from Mt Holly NWS and they pointed out that it appears that an inversion has set up in the lowest 3000 feet of the atmosphere, thus making it hard for the severe damaging winds to make it to the surface (YEA! THIS IS GOOD).
How long will the inversion last? That is a good question. If it does until Sandy passes (essentially over Lancaster/Lebanon Counties around midnight or so) then our strongest winds may not come until later tonight out of the South/Southeast as the inversion lifts.
The heaviest rain will occur over the next 4 hours or so, then become more showery.
Take care ...
There are some minor changes to the forecast that need to be made:
1) First the bad: Sandy is stronger … meaning winds may gust from 65 – 80 in heavier downpours this evening and tonight
2) Now the good: Sandy has a drier Northern half … meaning a little less rain … 3-5” widespread with locally up to 7” … also means a lessened threat of serious flooding
The worst of this storm will be from late this afternoon and overnight. Believe it or not, the rain will likely become more on and off tonight … but the damaging wind will howl throughout the night as they start from the north then veer to the east and end up coming out of the south by later tomorrow morning!
All in all … I pray everyone will be careful …
To see the rest of forecast please see last evenings post. Thanks.