East Coast expected to be lashed by tropical storm, deluge

Published on : Friday, October 27, 2017

tropical stormWhile a powerful cold front rushes towards the East Coast on Sunday, a powerful coastal storm is expected to develop along it, drawing northward tremendous moisture from the Caribbean. The storm is also expected to explosively intensify as it heads toward New England, pouring torrential rain and unleashing tropical storm-force winds.

Heavy rains and gusty winds will lash both the Mid-Atlantic and New England, but New England is most likely to be hit hardest. As it charges up the Northeast coast,  the storm’s lowest pressure —  a measure of its intensity (the lower the pressure, the stronger the storm) — is forecast to fall more than 24 millibars in 24 hours (from approximately 1004 millibars to 979 millibars) Sunday, meeting the criteria of a meteorological “bomb.”

Weather models show that a tropical disturbance over the Caribbean, which has a slight chance to become Tropical Storm Philippe, will get sucked into this coastal storm, giving it unusually high moisture content.

The zone likely to be most severely affected spans from eastern New York to Maine, where widespread rainfall amounts of three to four inches are predicted between next Sunday and Monday. Areas along the coast from Long Island to eastern Maine also face the prospect tropical-storm force winds.

The Mid-Atlantic may or may not get pummelled by this storm. It depends exactly where it forms and how fast it intensifies.

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