URGENT ADD-ON: FRIDAY OCTOBER 26, 2012 06:30 AM EDT:
From our Tropical Storm Research Center in Gulf Shores, Alabama – We are once again asking everyone who sees this memo to contact friends and family anywhere along the East Coast of the US to let them know about the severe possibilities regarding Hurricane Sandy. The most recent computer tracking models are showing significant involvement in the Mid Atlantic and New England states over the next 3 to 6 days. In addition to the official information available to you from the National Hurricane Center in Miami and the National Weather Service regionally please use our own web link for additional unofficial information. Thank you, and be safe.
Our Tropical Storm Research Center normally does not post unofficial advisories until a storm in the Tropics is named. However, this is a rare exception.
Tropical Depression Eighteen, soon to be a named storm (probably Sandy) developed in the central Caribbean over the past 4 days. This storm is currently nearly stationary which is allowing it to develop rapidly. The steering currents will start moving this storm to the north-northeast and it will be affecting southern Florida with some thunderstorms and gusty winds in a couple days.
The reason that we are posting early information is because one of the better tracking models is showing an interaction with an inland surface low pressure area forming over the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys. The tracking model that we are concerned about is showing a merge of these two storms off the central East Coast of the US and may affect areas from Virginia to Maine over the next 5 to 9 days. If this storm stays fairly close to the US coastline, it could become a very strong ‘noreaster’ as it approaches New England. We are suggesting that all persons from southern Florida to Maine monitor the status of this storm in case the tracking model that is showing this possibility is as accurate as we think that it may be.
For up to the minute official advisories and information, please visit the NHC website in Miami:
We are also providing an interactive Watch and Warning web link for persons who wish to get details on localized conditions:
“THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL ADVISORY. These updates and advisories are based upon information from our own computer models, NOAA, Local Weather Data Centers, deep water Buoy Data, and other publicly available sources. FOR THE SAFETY OF YOUR PROPERTY AND PERSON, please refer to your Local, State, and Federal Authority updates for Official Advisories and Orders. For up to the minute advisories and official updates, it is essential that you monitor your local Emergency Government, NOAA and Local Media Broadcasts. Please do not make personal safety decisions based upon information presented here in this Unofficial Advisory.”
Tropical Storm Research Center, Gulf Shores, Alabama –