Sandy still on projected course
The center of Sandy is now east of the Tidewater region and will begin its turn toward the East Coast very soon. Even so you don’t have to look far east to find gusty winds. I’ve found gusts over 30 mph at the mouth of the Potomac River and gusts well over 40 mph are already pounding Virginia Beach and the Eastern Shore. These higher windspeeds will march westward into the ‘Burg as the center of Sandy rotates toward the coast and continues its conversion into a strong nor’easter, so if you’re not seeing strong winds out your windows yet don’t judge what will occur later today by what you’re seeing now (a condition a friend of mine has termed “backyardism”). The high winds, several inches of rain, and the coastal and river flooding are all still on the docket for today and tomorrow
Stay safe, and monitor the media for updates and any further warnings that may be necessary.