Latest NWS statement from Mt Holly, NJ:
...Potential historic storm for the area... Tropical cyclone Sandy is expected to move northward and then take a turn back to the northwest, making landfall along the mid Atlantic coast. It appears this occurs somewhere between the Delmarva Peninsula and western Long Island. Sandy is expected to intensify as it interacts with an upper level system moving out of the Great Lakes, and indications are that our region may experience a widespread damaging storm, possibly of historic proportions. Widespread damaging winds are possible. The exact storm track is still uncertain and this will determine the actual impacts. However, the storm is forecast to be a large storm therefore do not focus on the exact center of the storm. It appears that the strongest winds will occur Monday and Tuesday. In addition, widespread heavy rain /possibly as much as 6 to 10 inches/ would cause significant flooding on rivers and streams across the region. This could be major to even record flooding. Rain can be expected to begin during the day Sunday or Sunday evening and then continue Monday when it will become heavy at times. As water is pushed toward the coast, coastal flooding will increase and this could be to major to perhaps even record levels along the coasts of New Jersey and Delaware. The extent of the coastal flooding will be dependent on the track of the storm. This has the potential to be a large and record setting storm, with widespread wind damage, inland and coastal flooding, and beach erosion. The combination of the heavy rain and wind will create the potential for widespread power outages and significant flooding. At this time, the most likely time frame for the worst of the rain and wind looks to be Monday and Tuesday. This means there is still time to prepare. Some suggested pre-storm actions are: 1. Fuel up your vehicles. 2. If you have a generator, be sure you have adequate fuel on hand. 3. To prepare for the possibility of prolonged power outages, make sure you have a supply of fresh batteries and a supply of candles or flashlights on hand. 4. Be sure to have several days of fresh water on hand for drinking and cooking. 5. If you still have lawn furniture outside, secure or store it indoors. Secure any outside items that could become airborne in strong winds, including Halloween decorations. 6. Clean out any storm drains or gutters that may be clogged by leaves. 7. If you live in a flood prone area and if possible, consider moving items that may become damaged to higher ground. 8. If you have limited mobility or know of someone who may be disabled, consider arranging for temporary shelter if they live in an area that may flood or could lose power. 9. If you need to evacuate, be sure to care for your pets.