Fort Myers, Fla. -- Dangerous Hurricane Sandy continues to move parallel to the Southeast Coast and is approximately 400 miles to the south of New York City. The sprawling storm is expected to turn northwest early Monday and near the coast of the Mid-Atlantic States by late Monday. Direct impacts including damaging winds, flooding rains at the coast and well inland, and significant storm surge are expected for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast United States.
Conditions will continue to deteriorate in the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast late today as gale force winds pick up. As Sandy interacts with an approaching storm system from the west, the storm may further intensify. Landfall is forecast late Tuesday, likely along the New Jersey shoreline. This scenario puts Long Island Sound and New York Harbor in a precarious situation with storm surge six to eleven feet possible. Gusty wind combined with four to eight inches of rainfall will create flooding problems and power outages. The bulk of snowfall will be primarily in West Virginia and the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania, where one to two feet of snow are likely. Higher elevations could receive even more.