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"Frankenstorm" could wreak havoc on Northeast

By Ed Hanna, Chief Meteorologist, @weathercafe, edh@wfmz.com
Published On: Oct 25 2012 05:53:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 26 2012 06:21:29 AM CDT

Ed's overnight forecast

A storm dubbed "Frankenstorm" could cause major problems for our area next week.

ACCUWEATHER FORECAST
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The majority weather model guidance has come into agreement on the future of Hurricane Sandy along with the approach of the chilliest trough of the season so far -- and how they interact with each other.

Strong dynamics in the atmosphere continue to suggest that Sandy is essentially trapped in the western Atlantic and will only be able head north and northeast just off the eastern seaboard.

In addition to the approaching tropical moisture (Hurricane Sandy), a large trough (big dip in the jet stream causing cooler air in the upper levels of the atmosphere) will be moving in from the west.

The trough is expected to pull the remnants of Sandy into its circulation.

The most dangerous and damaging conditions, the storm surge will be close to the north of where the storm makes landfall with severe coastal flooding, widespread wind damage and power outages. 

INTERACTIVE HURRICANE TRACKER

Significant widespread flooding is also likely across much of the northeastern US.

The heaviest rainfall will likely be the western flank of the circulation. It is imperative to stay tuned to 69 News, The AccuWeather Channel, wfmz.com, Syncbak (a free app for your phone to watch us live) for the very latest with this storm as it approaches our area early next week. 

We are monitoring all the details surrounding the storm 24/7. Flooding rains and strong (potentially damaging) winds are the biggest concern for our area.