Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit between Delaware and New York’s Long Island sometime late Monday afternoon into early evening. As of Monday morning outages in Delaware, Maryland, and the District of Columbia were sporadic. The hybrid storm known as “Frankenstorm” is expected to bring some 50-75 mph winds along with 10 inches of rain and even a potential for snowfall of up to two feet.
Evacuations began in low-lying parts of New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware. High-wind watches and flood warnings are in effect for all of the Mid-Atlantic states and southern New England, where Sandy was expected hit on Wednesday, Halloween day.
The U.S. Geological Survey predicted that storm surges of 7 to 8 feet are possible along the Delaware Bay north of Lewes, and the Atlantic coast may see 7-foot surges. Hurricane Sandy will erode or overwash about 75 percent of Delmarva shorelines.