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Hurricane Sandy May Be 'Worst Storm in 100 Years' for Northeast U.S., Says Forecaster


Paul Kocin, a National Weather Service meteorologist in College Park, Maryland, says the models they are seeing of the potential impact of Hurricane Sandy rival the New England hurricane of 1938 and it could be the worst in a century, Bloomberg reports:

“What we’re seeing in some of our models is a storm at an intensity that we have not seen in this part of the country in the past century,” Kocin said in a telephone interview yesterday. “We’re not trying to hype it, this is what we’re seeing in some of our models. It may come in weaker.”

The hybrid storm may strike anywhere from the Delaware- Maryland-Virginia peninsula to southern New England. The current National Hurricane Center track calls for the system to go ashore in New Jersey on Oct. 30, although landfall predictions often change as storms get closer to shore.

The storm has already killed 21 people in the Caribbean.

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  1. Cue the "God's punishment on the blue states" people. If it hits DC, it will be "proof" that God is trying to get rid of Obama, and if it hits New York or Boston, it will be "proof" that God opposes gay marriage.

    Posted by: Lymis | Oct 26, 2012 8:59:54 AM

  2. Oh, I think the media is trying to hype the storm.

    Posted by: anon | Oct 26, 2012 12:48:50 PM

  3. Could be that Mother Nature is pissed that neither candidate mentioned global warming during the debates...

    Posted by: Kurt | Oct 26, 2012 1:08:43 PM

  4. Mother Nature MAY be pissed that we've polluted her so badly that she can't get it clean anymore.

    Posted by: Goodcarver | Oct 26, 2012 1:34:50 PM

  5. What is the fuss about? Rainstorms of this intensity are normal for Florida.

    Posted by: Rudolf | Oct 26, 2012 10:26:50 PM

  6. Regarding, "What is the fuss about? Rainstorms of this intensity are normal for Florida." - its apparently going to be well above normal when it reaches New England or other parts of the North Eastern U.S.

    Posted by: Bill | Oct 27, 2012 12:08:53 AM

  7. I live in DELAWARe. and our lil' ol state freaks out about 2 inches of snow. the grocery stores have been insane, University of Delaware canceled class on Monday as well as Delaware State University. Delaware is strange either we miss when everyone else gets hit or we get hit and everyone misses [ie. the drought this summer Delaware was the only 'new england' state to have a drought].

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  10. Lymis, similar sentiments. Someone should start the clock on when they start blaming this on the gays.

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