Environment Canada special weather statement re: Hurricane Sandy (updated Oct 29 8:47pm)
News Posted by OttawaStart on October 29, 2012
OttawaStart Weather Guide:
Sandy is now an intense post tropical storm that has come ashore This evening near Atlantic City in Southern New Jersey. This major fall wind and rain storm will continue to track northwest to reach Central Pennsylvania on Tuesday then north as a weakening low pressure system towards the Kingston area by late Wednesday.
Rain and wind associated with this storm will affect Southern Ontario through the next few days.
North to northeast winds are intensifying as expected and will remain strong through the overnight and early Tuesday morning hours before moderating somewhat by Tuesday afternoon. Wind warnings have been issued for those regions where wind gusts are forecast to reach or exceed Environment Canada's wind warning threshold of 90 km/h. Elsewhere, the wind gusts are expected to be strong, but remain below the warning threshold.
Periods of rain will continue tonight and Tuesday, with the heaviest rain expected during the overnight hours into Tuesday morning. However, rainfall amounts are not expected to reach the warning criteria of 50 mm within 24 hours. In general, total rainfall amounts through until Wednesday morning are expected to be in the 15 to 25 mm range over most of Eastern Ontario and between 25 and 35 mm in south central and Southwestern Ontario. Higher amounts in the 35 to 50 mm range are possible for regions to the south and southeast of Georgian Bay, around the southern end of Lake Huron and in the Niagara region.
More information can be found in the tropical cyclone statement issued by the Canadian Hurricane Centre of Environment Canada.
Please monitor the latest forecasts and warnings from Environment Canada at www.weatheroffice.gc.ca.
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