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  • All eyes on Sandy for the East Coast.

    Hello all!

    Well, Sandy had a burst of rapid intensification last night, and strengthened to a Cat 3 storm before making landfall across Cuba.  The storm is now over water again as a Cat 2 storm, about to head through the Bahamas.   Due to the large size of Sandy,  tropical storm warnings are in effect along much of the eastern Florida coastline as tropical storm force conditions are likely, especially along the immediate coast overnight tonight through early Saturday morning.  Hurricane warnings are up for the Bahamas, through Saturday morning.

    The forecast for Sandy has the hurricane moving parallel to the Southeast Coast and offshore of the Carolinas by Sunday.   

    Then Sandy will interact with a strong trough, possibly losing some if not all of its tropical characteristics, and transition into a extra tropical storm, or large Nor’easter. Regardless of classification this system this will be a monster area of low pressure.   Due to a pretty crazy upper level atmospheric steering pattern, we’re expecting the system to back up and push into the East Coast late Sunday.  Some computer models turn the system toward the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast coastline somewhere between early Monday morning and Tuesday overnight, but this is not a certainty just yet.  

    And this would clearly be a very bad case scenario as we could have millions without power, trees down, roads closed etc.   There is also the possibility the storm could still miss the U.S., skirt along the coast, strike Newfoundland or head out to sea.  

    Here are the possible impacts to the Midatlantic/East Coast depending on where the storm makes landfall:

    A strike to the Mid-Atlantic or Northeast would be similar to a strong Nor’easter with a wide, damaging wind field of 60-80mph that could take down tree limbs still holding their leaves and cause widespread power outages , torrential rain and coastal flooding that would be enhanced by a full moon on Monday.  

    We should have a better idea of what Sandy/extra tropical low will do later tomorrow and Saturday, and of course I’ll keep everyone posted as much as possible.   For now, the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast needs to remain alert for a potential significant storm early next week.

    More updates as they come in, and you can always visit me on twitter as well @janicedeanfox

    Be safe everyone!

    JD

JB in Texas

I pray that the storm does not cause too much damage and that those in its path heed the warnings and take the necessary precautions. I watched JD give her report this morning and I sometimes forget what an incredibly talented and professional meteorologist you are.WE all think of you as family and a great friend, but you are also one extremely talented lady too! May all have a great weekend. JB

October 25, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Margie Gacki

Good grief. You never know what people are going to post on a weather blog. Hey to all the regular bloggers out there. I hope everyone is having a great day. It's a beautiful sunny & mild day here with a temperature of 70 so far. Hey Gwen, I'm glad you're back safely from your trip and that you had a great time. That part of North Carolina is beautiful. Have a great afternoon, everyone! Margie

October 25, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Audrey from Indiana

Hi Janice: I watched you this a.m. and was taken back by the severity of the storm Sandy. We pray it will not hit the U.S. with such force and cause damage. But I also admired how vibrant and lovely you looked this morning. You are a beautiful person inside and out, and I am sure your husband would second this comment. Enjoy your day as you keep up with "Sandy." Our weather today is 75 degrees with lots of sunshine, wind, and falling leaves! Have a wonderful day. Audrey

October 25, 2012 at 12:36 pm

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  • Janice Dean joined FOX News Channel in January 2004 and currently serves as Senior meteorologist. She is a member of the American Meteorological Society and was awarded the AMS Seal of Approval in 2009. Dean is the author of the forthcoming children's book, "Freddy the Frogcaster" (Regnery Kids) which will be published in August. You can also follow Janice on Twitter.