Hurricane Sandy Path: When Will The ‘Frankenstorm’ Hit The Northeast?

By Amir Khan on October 26, 2012 1:13 PM EDT

Frankenstorm vs. Perfect Storm 1991
The Hurricane Sandy path will bring heavy rains, wind and flooding to the Northeast early next week (Photo: NOAA)

The Hurricane Sandy path is becoming clearer, and most models have the Frankenstorm slamming into the Northeast beginning on Monday. Hurricane Sandy's path just took it through the Caribbean, where the Frankenstorm killed 29 and caused millions of dollars worth of damage.

The Hurricane Sandy path projected by the National Weather Service has it hitting Virginia late Sunday into Early Monday and working its way up the coast. New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut can expect to be hit late Monday into early Tuesday.

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The Hurricane Sandy path projection has it colliding with a nor'easter - a deadly combination. The two merging would create a super storm that could rival the Perfect Storm of 1991, experts said.

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

Weather.com warned that people who are in the projected Hurricane Sandy path "should remain vigilant and be prepared to take action in the next few days."

Experts said that the Frankenstorm could last in the Northeast until Halloween and even possibly later.

"It's almost a weeklong, five-day, six-day event. It's going to be a widespread serious storm," Jim Cisco, a government forecaster, said, according to Time. "We don't have many modern precedents for what the models are suggesting."

Will Komaromi, a researcher at the University of Miami, said the Frankenstorm could be much worse than the 1991 Perfect Storm.

"Most of the models now indicate even stronger jet dynamics will occur next week than occurred during for the Perfect Storm, and that today's storm could potentially deepen to well below 960 mb or even below 950 mb. The fact that the Gulf Stream is anomalously warm for this time of year means that Sandy will weaken less as a tropical system," he said. "The Perfect Storm only did $200 million of damage and I'm thinking a billion. Yeah, it will be worse."

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