Howl-o-ween: Nor’easter brewing

Posted: October 24, 2012

In late October 1991 a cyclone known as the "Halloween Storm" fomented chaotic waves in the North Atlantic for several days and became more-famously known as "the Perfect Storm."

Another late-October nightmare could be brewing for early next week.

This is only Tuesday, but the National Weather Service already is alerting emergency managers that the atmosphere might be primed for a spell of riot from the remains of late-bloomer Tropical Storm Sandy.

"Our region could be close to the path of a very dangerous storm," Gary Szatkowski, chief meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, said in a briefing late this morning.

"There is certainly an increasing level of concern about it," he said later.

In its late-afternoon discussion, the weather service said that with a full moon due on Monday, the storm could "bring a full of wagonof issues to our region, including heavy rain, flash flooding, river and stream flooding, high winds, and tidal flooding."

The computer models are far from settling on a course for Sandy, which is still deep in the Caribbean.

But one scenario has it near the Carolina coast about 8 a.m. Sunday, packing winds up to 70 m.p.h. Twenty-four hours later, the mutated cyclone could be off the coast of Delaware.

On that course, it would interact with a slow-moving front to wring out heavy rains.

"This storm system will bring multiple potential threats to the region," Szatkowski said in the briefing.

Again, it's early, and some models insist this thing will end up being another fish storm. But stay tuned.

The weather service will issue an update tomorrow morning.

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