Friday, October 2, 2015

Joaquin trending east, flooding remains big concern

Most major media outlets are now reporting that Hurricane Joaquin is trending eastward, meaning we are now more likely to miss out on a direct hit.

As we've learned with these phenomena, however, things can change quickly.

Of more immediate concern is the stalled front over the region today, which is bringing tropical storm-strength wind and the certainty of tidal flooding.

It's not a question of if, but, just how bad will the flooding be.

Tidal gauge plots as of 6 a.m. this morning showed tides three feet above normal. Earlier projections from the National Weather Service stated that tides could rise above 9 feet.

That would be a record-setter (tides peaked at 8.9 feet during Super Storm Sandy).

Attention is focused on the tide cycle, with high tide occurring just before noon today, again near midnight tonight and tomorrow (Saturday) prior to 1 p.m.

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