Major Storm More Likely as Hurricane Sandy Approaches

The entire state of New Jersey could be severely impacted, meteorologists say.

Over the last 24 hours, the likelihood of a “very dangerous autumn storm system” next week has increased, according to a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Mt. Holly.

This would affect the entire state, including Burlington County and Cinnaminson.

Today, Hurricane Sandy is near Jamaica and is currently moving north toward the east coast of Cuba. Although there is still some uncertainty whether Sandy is headed this way, Mitchell Gaines, NWS meteorologist, said that since yesterday, the potential for a storm has risen.

“There could be strong, damaging winds, heavy rainfall with streams and rivers flooding and coastal flooding as well,” Gaines said.

The timetable for any impact from Hurricane Sandy turning into a potential nor’easter, Gaines said, would be Sunday, Monday or Tuesday.

Stay with Patch as this story develops.

Pat October 24, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Today is Wednesday. Why is it a "Breaking News Alert" for our local Cinnaminson Patch to report a storm currently 1,200-1,500 miles away that may or may not be weather news in NJ next week? It undermines the credibility of Patch to send this out titled as a "Breaking News Alert". Why not title it "Hurricane Near Jamaica May Get to NJ Next Week"? We get swamped with enough email. Reserve this category for something important, time sensitive and local to Cinnaminson. For instance a child or elderly person missing in Cinnaminson (amber or silver alerts), or a car that has just been stolen in Cinnaminson or an accident or a tree down in Cinnaminson that is currently closing a roadway.
Christina Paciolla (Editor) October 24, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Pat, it's a breaking news alert since this information just came in today—that the storm has majorly intensified over the past few hours. I send out one, maybe two, breaking news alerts a week. If you do not wish to receive them anymore, you can opt out.
Jolyn October 24, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Christina, thanks for sharing this news about this storm system. With all the other tragic news being shared on my fb and on the evening news, my attention has not been on the weather. I appreciate the heads up!! Keep doing great work.
Nancy VanTwistern October 24, 2012 at 11:33 PM
"HEADS UP" are good!! At my age time goes so quickly, the storm will be here before I know it. Some just have to "b....." about anything or everything...
Christina Paciolla (Editor) October 25, 2012 at 02:33 AM
You got it, Jolyn ;)
JustALocalGuy October 25, 2012 at 02:51 AM
So, you don't think it's important to give people adequate time to prepare for a potentially significant weather event that could cause severe flooding and wind damage? But a tree down that blocks a road is a matter of critical importance? Wow. Talk about some skewed priorities.
Nancy VanTwistern October 25, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Thursday morn and it's cloudy out there.............news/weather channels all talking about the coming storm so why should "Patch"?
Julie October 25, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Thanks for the update Christina. Hopefully the storm will stay far to the east of NJ, but we just don't know, so now is the time to check those batteries in your flashlight.
John October 25, 2012 at 06:08 PM
b/c its news, and some people may not see it on tv so christina reports it as such good job....now whats next to complain about, speeders, taxes, no liquor licenses but U want to know about accidents why...no logic....wait and the hurricane can give U some
SS October 25, 2012 at 07:01 PM
John seriously I could not agree more with you. These people are given some valuable information and then the b*tch about it? They'll be the first ones too to complain that not enough coverage or information was given about it when it does turn into something substanial. Good grief people, lighten up!
John October 28, 2012 at 04:22 PM
@SS, thanks information is the key to knowledge....


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