Hurricane Sandy may be wreaking havoc in the Caribbean, but by the end of the weekend, its becoming increasingly likely she will trade in her tropical surroundings for our area.
"There is increasing confidence that the tri-state area will feel the impacts of a major coastal storm late this weekend into early next week," the National Weather Service said Thursday morning.
Gov. Cuomo ordered state agencies and emergency personnel to prepare for the storm and urged residents to keep informed.
"I have directed state agencies and New York's emergency operations personnel to begin preparations now for the potential impact of Hurricane Sandy," Cuomo said. "I urge all New Yorkers to closely track the storm's path, using local radio and television or online reports. We will actively monitor the storm's progress and take any steps necessary to protect our state's residents."
Sandy, which as of Friday afternoon was located north of the Bahamas, is expected to track into the Atlantic Ocean and then turn toward the New Jersey shore, steered by a ridge of high pressure over the Canadian maritime provinces, over the weekend and meteorologists are warning the storm could interact with a strong low pressure system coming in from the west and combined to form a major Nor'easter.
"The specific impacts will ultimately depend on the eventual track and evolution of tropical cyclone Sandy as it tracks with a deepening upper level low pressure system approaching the east coast," the NWS statement said.
It was the combination of a hurricane and a strong upper level low pressure system that created The Perfect Storm in October 1991, which was dramatized in the eponymous book and the movie.
Right now, forecasters say the system should strike late Sunday and could last until Tuesday. There remains a chance that the hurricane could turn out to sea, but the chances are that are diminishing by the hour.