Hurricane Sandy Poses Threat For Northeast: ‘Perfect Storm’-Like Weather Could Cause $1 Billion Worth Of Damage

By Amir Khan on October 25, 2012 9:16 AM EDT

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Much of Northeast America could soon be under a hurricane watch from Hurricane Sandy, and forecasters are warning that it could be bad. (Photo: Creative Commons)

Much of Northeast America could soon be under a hurricane watch from Hurricane Sandy, and forecasters are warning that it could be bad. Hurricane Sandy, now a Category 2, is currently hitting Cuba with heavy rains and winds in excess of 105 mph - and New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and other states in the area can expect similar weather next week.

Hurricane Sandy and a blast of Arctic air are slated to collide and linger over much of the Northeast. Residents could expect the rough weather to being on Monday or Tuesday, but forecasters, who said this type of storm merger is unprecedented, could last late into the week.

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"It'll be a rough couple days from Hatteras up to Cape Cod," Jim Cisco, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration prediction center in College Park, MD, told the Associated Press "We don't have many modern precedents for what the models are suggesting."

Coastal flooding is to be expected, but experts are warning that since the storm will hit during a full moon, tides will be high, increasing the potential flood damage.

Some have compared this storm to the so-called "Perfect Storm" that hit the coast of New England in 1991, but forecasters said this could be worse, as next week's storm will hit heavily populated areas - something the 1991 storm did not do.

"The Perfect Storm only did $200 million of damage and I'm thinking a billion," Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the private service Weather Underground., told NBC News. "Yeah, it will be worse."

While it's difficult to predict the track of a hurricane or other storm so far in advance, the likelihood of a damaging storm has been increasing as the date draws nearer. The chance of Hurricane Sandy hitting the Northeast jumped from 60 percent on Tuesday to 70 percent on Wednesday.

Cisco said that if the scenario does come true, the areas could see several inches of snow or rain dumped in a short amount of time. Damaging winds are also expected.

For now, forecasters are just keeping a close eye on the storm, and asking everyone who lives in an area that could be affected to be prepared for the worst. 

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