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Most Severe Intensity Tonight: Latest Hurricane Sandy Forecast

As predicted earlier, Sandy's most severe wind-lashing is expected this evening, as the hurricane makes landfall in New Jersey.

After a day where thousands of New Englanders have lost power, roads and buildings have been flooded and winds-and-rain have lashed everyone, we're just on the verge of the worst of it.

Forecasters have been warning that Monday evening would be New England's moment of most severe intensity for Sandy. That prediction seems to be right on-target.

"Like a large nor'easter on steroids"

According to Accuweather forecasters, Hurricane Sandy is poised for a New Jersey landfall any moment now.

Those same Accuweather forecasters are calling Sandy a "Northeast catastrophe unfolding." 

"Conditions will deteriorate through the day Monday with the worst of the storm spreading inland Monday night into Tuesday," says Accuweather.

That means the driving rain and whipping winds will be felt hundreds of miles inland, not just right on the coast.

O, yes, and today's full moon will add to high-tide levels for coastal folks.

While Accuweather is forecasting gusts up to 80 mph in the New Jersey area, the usually much calmer weather.gov is forecasting a slightly less blowy 60 mph for southern New England. But even it is saying damaging winds are expected in our area through Monday evening.

Some other forecasters are even a little more chill: meterologist David Epstein on boston.com says right now is the most intense; Sandy will lessen in intensity from here on our.

So whether to choose to go with the more hyperbolic forecasts or the calmer ones, there is full agreement: Sandy is coming ashore in New Jersey now, and this evening will be New England's moments of greatest wind-and-rain intensity.

joanne October 29, 2012 at 10:43 PM
It certainly would be nice to hear from Swifty about school tomorrow-
Rick Billig October 29, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Really? Does it make you feel powerful or something when you leave responses like this?
Robert Fucci (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 10:56 PM
LS website states no school tomorrow ... gotta think SPS will follow suit.
Paula Mackenzi October 29, 2012 at 11:18 PM
SPS is x'ed.
Paula Mackenzi October 29, 2012 at 11:20 PM
the emergency response call re: school cancellation for SPS came in to my cell phone at 6:58 pm.
joanne October 30, 2012 at 12:12 AM
@Rick Billing- I dont know what your problem is- nor do I care-. Simple question as to if there was school or not! You have some anger issues!
flying monkey October 30, 2012 at 12:14 AM
I agree with Joanne- you have some issues- every comment you make is negative or insulting-
Andrew MacEntee October 30, 2012 at 01:03 AM
From Sudbury Town Web: Numerous roads to include several major routes remain closed. We will do our best to keep the site updated. For now the major routes that are closed are: •RTE. 20 (Boston Post Road) at Peakham Road •RTE. 27 (Old Sudbury Road) from the center of town to the Wayland line •Concord Road between Lincoln Road and Thompson Drive •Lincoln Road at Weir Hill •Water Row at Old Sudbury Road •Dudley Road •Nobscot Road towards the Framingham line •French Road at Old Garrison •Dutton Road towards the Wayside Inn As we can we will update further closings of numerous other secondary and side streets. We appreciate your patience.
Richard Lovell October 30, 2012 at 08:39 AM
Thanks for the valuable information.
Rick Billig October 30, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Really? I suggest that you read what you wrote. Not appropriate for the situation nor on something that our children are reading. Using derogatory names when referring to leaders in our community is never acceptable.

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