Friday, November 16, 2012

The Weather Outside Is Frightful: Possible Thanksgiving Nor'Easter for Already Suffering East Coast

Meteorologists are carefully monitoring another severe weather system that has the potential to impact the US East Coast for Thanksgiving week.

The bad news comes only weeks after "Superstorm Sandy" brought misery and havoc to the entire Eastern Seaboard, devastating beach communities with a horrific storm surge, cutting electricity to millions of people and killing hundreds of people from the Caribbean to New England. The storm is estimated to have created well over one billion dollars US in damages.

To add insult to injury, a strong Nor'Easter storm brought heavy snows, winds and storm surge to the same region only a week later. Now, yet another storm system is being tracked for the area.

Current computer models predict the storm could hover along the East coast, or just offshore, for a few days before making landfall, kicking up big waves and tidal flooding sometime in the middle of next week. It could raise coastal water levels from 1 to 3 feet, depending on wind and tidal conditions.

All of this comes at the worst possible time, with next week being the busiest travel period of the year in the United States. The storm also could dampen Black Friday retail sales, already reeling from the sluggish economy and weather-related disasters.

Some good news:  At least during the early stages, the storm should not be as intense as last week's nor'easter. However, it may get stronger during the middle of the week, at which point it could wobble into eastern New England or get kicked out to sea.

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