Frankenstorm Strengthens as Extra-tropical Transition Begins

This morning, the central pressure inside Hurricane Sandy – rapidly losing tropical characteristics in satellite appearance and seeing its wind field expand, but maintaining a visible warm core aloft – has fallen to 951 mb.  It is slowly gaining strength and will continue to do so until near the point where it reaches a landfall that should occur somewhere near or just south of Sandy Hook, NJ.  Which implies that our forecasts of a storm with a 950-960 mb central pressure at landfall time were underdone.

Folks…getting hit by a 945 or even 935 mb storm is no laughing matter.  This will be my last forecast update on this evolving blockbuster storm, as I will now spend the rest of my time in the modern world with electrical power doing the important things that need to be done.  I recommend you do the same.

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