The National Weather Service (NWS) at noon on Monday issued its most dire warnings yet regarding Hurricane Sandy, which strengthened overnight and remained at hurricane strength as it headed for a landfall sometime Monday night.
"Hurricane Sandy will strike the region with devastating impacts," NWS spokesman Gary Szatkowski said in a briefing issued by the agency's Mt. Holly, N.J. forecast office.
"Hurricane Sandy will strike our region directly. Options for it to miss us have run out. This is our worst case scenario," Szatkowski said.
The revised forecast called for:
- Strong damaging sustained winds 40 to 55 mph over a prolonged period of time (24 to 48 hours), with gusts over 75 mph. Strongest winds are expected south and east of the I-95 corridor.
- Extremely heavy rainfall.
- Major to record inland flooding along streams and rivers.
- Major to record coastal flooding.
"The full moon on October 29 just makes things worse," Szatkowski said.