Misery on misery: Wintry storm could hit New England region next week

 November 3, 2012NEW YORK Another messy –  wintry – storm may cause post-Election Day problems for an already weather-weary East Coast, forecasters say. But meteorologists add that it’s six days out, so that’s rather early to get too worried. The forecast could change before it hits late next week. The National Weather Service’s forecast center in College Park, Md., which watches winter storms, put out a long-range notice Thursday saying a nor’easter was possible for mid-Atlantic and New England states by Election Day through next Thursday. Forecaster Bruce Sullivan said it wouldn’t be as bad as Superstorm Sandy and isn’t tropical. But it could include snow in interior New England and New York, beach erosion and high winds for areas hit by Sandy and moderate or heavier rainfall. Winds could be about 30 to 40 mph. “I wouldn’t get too alarmed yet,” Sullivan said. “But it’s something we’re going to be watching over the next few days and fine-tuning. Anything that could hamper clean-up efforts is something that could be watched.” Meanwhile, widespread power outages and subway shutdowns may wind up making Sandy the second most expensive storm in U.S. history, according to the forecasting firm Eqecat. That would rank it right behind Hurricane Katrina. In 16 states and Washington, D.C., 52,000 homeowners have filed insurance claims, including nearly 10,000 in New Jersey, CBS News reports. The same European computer model that first noticed and correctly called Sandy a week in advance has forecast this potential nor’easter to come along the East Coast and then hit, Sullivan said. Another computer model also said the same thing, but then lessened that chance, he said. Unlike Sandy, this doesn’t have a tropical component. This would be a normal wet storm coming through land in the Southeast U.S. and going into the water, combining with cold air coming south from the Great Lakes and then curving back into the mid-Atlantic, Sullivan said. The same high pressure system that blocked then-Hurricane Sandy from heading north and east out to sea like most tropical systems is likely to be part of the steering system that would take this storm inland to the same area Sandy struck, said Jeff Masters, meteorology director for the private service Weather Underground. The fact that it’s six days out means “there’s room for optimism,” Masters said, but he added: “From what I’m Iooking at, there’s a concern.” Eqecat said Thursday that the damage from Sandy will likely be far worse than it previously predicted, largely a result of the storm hitting the most densely populated area in the country. The firm doubled its previous estimate for the total bill and now says Sandy may have caused between $30 billion and $50 billion in economic losses, including property damage, lost business and extra living expenses. The cost to insurance companies could run as low as $10 billion and as high as $20 billion. –News 10
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4 Responses to Misery on misery: Wintry storm could hit New England region next week

  1. kenn says:

    LOL, literally. I just reread my comment. I meant Venice. Venice, Italy.


  2. Dennis E. says:

    Uh!!!! I remember in 1996-97 when either Fran or Bertha, don’t remember the order, both Cat 3 Hurricanes came through eastern North Carolina in rapid succession…… The agony and anxiety…….


  3. Irene C says:

    Misery on misery is right. There’s no way that the relief efforts will be even close to completion before the nor’easter comes in. Although it’s a long-range forecast, it’s something to keep an eye on. Praying that the people get their heat and lights on before this comes in.


  4. Anne says:

    I noticed that those quoted in this article are downplaying this new ‘winter’ storm as being a less of a worry because a hurricane isn’t attached to it. Yet it’s favored to take the same track as Sandy! (That in itself is very strange.) “Don’t bother to prepare folks – it’s just a typical winter nor’easter”. Has anyone else noticed this?
    And this storm dropping down to the deep south at this time of the year, is not normal. Ya’ll may want to insulate your pipes and cut some firewood asap.


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