Monday Midday: Worst Winds Moving In

Massive Hurricane Sandy continues to strengthen as she accelerates toward the New Jersey coastline. The storm, which covers nearly 1,000 miles across, now has a minimum pressure of 943mb. That translates to a staggering 27.85″, lower than the Hurricane of 1938 when it devastated Southern New England!

As of early afternoon, much of Greater Boston is just getting into the strongest winds of the day. Along the water at Weather Control, the peak gust is 55 MPH to this point. Just inland at Hingham’s Central Fire Station the gust is 42 MPH. That is fairly representative of the situation across Eastern Massachusetts.

Winds are still expected to peak this afternoon and early this evening, so expect even more downed trees and power outages as the day goes on. Already today several streets in Quincy, Cohasset, Scituate, and Hull have been closed by downed trees and wires.

Fortunately, the winds and waves will be peaking during low tide. Still, I’d expect another round of minor to moderate coastal flooding around Greater Boston during the midnight high tide since waves will still be near 20 feet.

The midday high tide cycle came and went with the anticipated minor to moderate coastal flooding.

In Hingham, a few backyards were flooded in Crow Point. Weymouth experienced flooding that closed streets around Fore River Avenue.

In Scituate, typical flood prone areas such as Edward Foster Road and Cole Parkway were submerged, as was 6th Avenue. Marshfield closed several roads due to splash-over and flooding in Brant Rock, and Duxbury faced flooding around King Caesar’s Road.