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Hurricane Sandy Could Produce 30 Foot Waves On Great Lakes

Hurricane Sandy in Atlantic City
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The east coast is bracing for what many are calling a monstrous storm with massive storm surge expected. A number of evacuations have been ordered in New York and New Jersey on Sunday. Hurricane Sandy and an accompanying storm surge are threatening a large portion of the eastern seaboard of the United States. A computer generated forecast of the storm show that it could spread it’s winds and rain as far inland as lower southeast Michigan, causing waves as high as 33 feet on the Great Lakes.The National Hurricane Center as of Sunday evening was still a Category 1 hurricane about 250 miles southeast of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Winds are sustained at about 75 miles per hour.  Sandy is projected to make landfall on Monday evening.It is the push inward that we might have to deal with. States as far in as Michigan are all in the potential path of Sandy’s reach. It is not the typical hurricane. It’s path is wide and is being fueled by two sources, warm water and a cold low pressure system that it is meeting head-on.

Sandy’s impact area is nearly 1,000 miles across.In Michigan the effects will be much less than the heart of the storm, but strong winds could affect power lines, and heavy rains could lead to some flooding. It is hard to imagine what kind of damage 30-foot waves could cause to Michiganders.



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