Sandy converged with a cold-weather system that turned into a horrible hybrid of rain and high wind—even snow! Wet snow and high winds spinning off the edge of Superstorm Sandy spread blizzard conditions over parts of West Virginia and neighboring Appalachian states. Since early Tuesday, at least 236,000 customers were without power in West Virginia.
The National Weather Service said a foot and more of snow was reported in lower elevations of West Virginia, where most towns and roads are. High elevations in the mountains were getting more than two feet and a blizzard warning for more than a dozen counties was in effect until Wednesday afternoon.
Here are some pictures of the blizzard in Appalachia:
Superstorm Sandy marched inland across the East Coast of the United States. The storm which made landfall in New Jersey on Monday evening killed at least 16 people, 5 in New York, 3 in New Jersey, 3 in Pennsylvania 2 in Connecticut and 1 each in Maryland, North Carolina and West Virginia.
The storm also cut power to more than 7.4 million homes and businesses from the Carolinas to Ohio and caused scares at two nuclear power plants.
The massive storm reached into Midwest. Residents in Chicago were warned to stay away from Lake Michigan shore as the city prepares for winds up to 60 mph and waves exceeding 24 feet into Wednesday.
13-foot surge of seawater gushed into Gotham (3 feet higher than previous record).
Daniel Brown of warning coordination meteorologist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said that heavy rain and local flooding will continue.
Sandy converged with a cold-weather system that turned into a horrible hybrid of rain and high wind—even snow in West Virginia!
While the hurricane’s 90 mph winds registered as only a Category 1 on a scale of five, it packed “astoundingly low” barometric pressure, giving it terrific energy to push water inland, said Kerry Emanuel, a professor of meteorology at MIT.
Even before Sandy reached Atlantic City, the superstorm it had already crushed an old, 50- foot piece, world-famous Broadwalk.
After backup generator failed, New York University’s Tisch Hospital was forced to evacuate 200 patients including 20 babies from neonatal intensive care that were on battery-powered respirators.
The Holland Tunnel which connects from New York to New Jersey, the tunnel between Brooklyn and Manhattan were closed due to the storm. Also closed were The Brooklyn Bridge, the George Washington Bridge, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and several other spans.