Hurricane Sandy - Kevin Williams Says Winds Will Be A Problem
10/28/2012 9:52:59 AM
By Lucas Day
The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning and Flood Watch from 2 p.m. Monday until 5 p.m. Tuesday for all of Central New York and Pennsylvania.
The land falling of Hurricane Sandy will begin to increase Monday Morning and continue through Tuesday. Heavy Rain and sustained winds of 30-40 mph with wind gusts as high as 50-70 mph expected. Damage to trees, power lines and property are possible with winds of this magnitude.
Widespread power outages are anticipated as a megastorm roars across upstate New York, bringing 60 mph wind gusts and one to six inches of rain. Gov. Andrew Cuomo told local emergency response officials around the state Sunday that there will be "very high wind for a very long period of time" when Hurricane Sandy collides with a wintry storm moving in from the west and cold air streaming down from the Arctic.
The Finger Lakes is expected to get one to three inches of rain. State officials have lowered water levels along the Erie Canal to winter levels to lessen the chance of flooding.
Meteorologist Kevin Williams says the wind will be the problem for us.
Rainfall totals averaging 1-3 inches expected across the watch area, with higher amounts possible and may cause a potential for flooding in rivers, small streams, creeks and poor drainage areas. Be prepared for the possibility of trees blocking roads and widespread power outages.