Sandy expected to be worst Monday, Tuesday

Here is the National Hurricane Center’s Friday 8 p.m. forecast model for Hurricane Sandy. [Click the image for a larger version]

This satellite image, from Friday at 6:15 p.m., shows the size of Hurricane Sandy and the storm moving in from the West. The two storms are expected to collide near this area on Tuesday or Wednesday. (Weather Underground map)

Hurricane Sandy will be at its worst here on Monday and Tuesday, according to the latest forecast models released Friday night by the National Hurricane Center. While Monday and Tuesday is expected to be the worst for southwest Connecticut, the storm could linger for days, according to several forecasts.

Hurricane Sandy, which was breaking up a bit on Friday but expected to reorganize and strengthen as it moves northwest from the Bahamas, was 2,000 miles wide.

Sandy is expected to move north overnight and then turn north-northwest while increasing speed on Saturday before turning northeast on Sunday.

The storm has sustained winds of 75 mph with higher gusts, according to the National Weather Center. Sandy is currently a category one hurricane with hurricane-force winds extending up to 35 miles from its center.

The storm, however, is expected to be a bit weaker by the time it reaches the tri-state area. But that is also when it is forecast to collide with a storm moving in from Ohio and Pennsylvania and another weather system moving south from Canada. The three together will form what forecasters are calling “Frankenstorm.”

But it should be stressed that forecasters will have a much better idea of what to expect from these storms over the next 36 hours. As of right now, rain and wind could start on Sunday before things get worse on Monday and Tuesday.

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