Nor'easter Could Blast East End By Wednesday

Residents still without power could be hit by another blow by Mother Nature.

Just days after Hurricane Sandy's wide swath of destruction slammed the East End, a fierce nor'easter could be slated to sandbag the area next week.

On Friday, Dan Hoffman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Upton, said weather patterns indicate a storm could be coming by Wednesday or Thursday.

"There are indications that there could be a storm developing, but it's a little too early to really get into specifics at this point," he said. "It could be a nor'easter, but at this point it's too early to say."

While the storm system is "not even on the playing field just yet," should it materialize, it would develop over the southeastern United States, Hoffman said.

"The effect on us would be determined by how close to the coast it actually tracks," he said.

A storm could evolve, Hoffman said, because of the weather pattern that the area is already in, with a large area of pressure over the North Atlantic acting to blow the wind straight east to west, with a jet stream buckling and bringing storms up the coast.

"Of course, things have to come together just right for that to happen and we're still unclear as to where the storm is going to develop, how intense it's going to be and where it's going to track," Hoffman said.

And, Hoffman cautioned, the area of energy in the jet stream that would cause the storm to develop is still very far away. "It hasn't even reached the West Coast yet," he said. "There's an uncertainty about how it's going to evolve once it reaches us."

The storm, following on the heels of Hurricane Sandy, would hit residents hard, Hoffman said. "If we were to have a substantial storm, it would definitely make things a bit more difficult, considering a lot of people are still without power. Ultimately, what you want after a large storm like we just had is nice weather. Anything else would slow down the recovery process."

Also, Hoffman said, the already-saturated ground could make it far easier for even more trees to fall in the face of a second storm.



christie nicolle November 03, 2012 at 03:07 PM
me thinks the recent Storm, the coming Nor'easter + future election are signs of the Mayan calender's Dec. 21, 2012 prediction to be apocalyptic! Catastrophic if Barack wins due to voter fraud or a saving grace if Mitt wins... America, prepare!!
indy November 03, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Do you politi-trolls ever rest?
christie nicolle November 03, 2012 at 04:00 PM
double standard for leftys as usual! ... wake up + notice the Left uses every platform to air their views -- the public is immersed in Leftist propaganda ... it's election time + republicans should air theirs. We need rescue -- Go Mitt!
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moethegrass November 05, 2012 at 03:50 PM
I think I shall never see those chain sawed trees in front of me.


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