Storm Barrels Toward Northeast On 5-Year Sandy Anniversary

An intensifying storm is expected to bring severe wind gusts and heavy rainfall to the northeastern United States on Sunday night, the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy making landfall in the region. 

The storm began ramping up Sunday afternoon and will likely bring “damaging winds” to several states starting in the evening before tapering off early Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather system may get a boost from Philipe, the tropical storm now moving away from Florida in a northeasterly direction as it peters out. 

“There is increasing concern the remnants of Philippe will be fully ingested by the developing storm,” the NWS said Sunday afternoon. 

“Confidence is rising for hurricane wind gusts, particularly across portions of [east and southeast Massachusetts] and [south Rhode Island,]” where wind gusts of 50-70 MPH may strike coastal areas. 

Those winds may be powerful enough to down power lines and trees, triggering power outages 

National Hurricane Center scientist Taylor Trogdon tweeted that the weather system was among the more “impressive” he’s seen.

In addition to dangerous winds, flash flooding is possible in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. 

“The flash flood threat will be highest in urban areas,” the NWS warned. “Particularly New York City metro area,” which took a beating when Sandy knocked out power to about 750,000 people.  

report released by Climate Central last week identified New York as the most vulnerable U.S. city to major coastal floods. More than 245,000 people in the city, the report found, are at risk of being affected by such a catastrophe. 

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