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Update: Sandy Upgraded to Hurricane

The storm was temporarily downgraded to a tropical storm but strengthened Saturday. Current projections have Rhode Island outside the cone of probability, but bad weather is still expected.


According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), Sandy is a hurricane once again.

The storm had been downgraded to a tropical storm, but strengthened early Saturday. Winds are now again exceeding 75 mph, the threshold of a hurricane.

The NOAA has issued warnings and watches to the Southeastern parts of the country as of its 5 a.m. bulletin, and said those up the Eastern seaboard need to prepare for its impact. The storm is moving North-Northeast at 10 mph and an increase in intensity and speed possible tonight and Sunday, according to the NOAA.

The most recent forecast shows Rhode Island is now outside the cone of probable landfall, which is expected to be in the Virginia/Delaware area. But that doesn't mean Rhode Islanders should take the storm lightly. Tropical storm force winds are extending more than 450 miles from the storms center, meaning Rhode Island will still likely be hit with heavy rain and tropical storm-force gusts.

Boston meteorologist Pete Bouchard posted to his blog about a call he had with the director of the National Center for Environmental Prediction, Louis Uccellini, and James Franklin, branch chief of the National Hurricane Center Louis Uccellini, yesterday afternoon. He said they seem confident of two things: Sandy will make landfall and that landfall will happen Monday night.

Bouchard suggested people use this weekend to prepare because the downgrade to tropical storm will only be temporary. "As the jetstream hooks into Sandy on Monday, it will enfuse her with massive amounts of energy, resulting in a reintensification of the storm—to possibly a nor'easter of record, in fact."

Ironically, Bouchard said if Tropical Storm Sandy loops farther offshore than expected, the chances of it hitting us in New England are higher.

Bouchard said it's not a panic-inducing storm, but offered preparation tips: "scattered power outages, a long-duration storm (from Monday through Tuesday night), 2-5 inches of rain (possible river flooding as a result) and coastal flooding and beach erosion."

More than 40 people have died in the Caribbean as a result of this storm.

Politics Sheriff of NK October 28, 2012 at 04:45 AM
RELAX Folks, get your bread and milk and batteries, and you'll be ok! Have a good book to read? Board games? Maybe can get to know your family again! :)
PC401 October 28, 2012 at 05:02 AM
Get over yourself. If you live in New England and have to be reminded to prepare for a storm chances are you don't have access to the internet and probably wouldn't know how to navigate on it if you did. How many times have i been stuck behind you because you drive 15 in a 25 at the first sign of drizzle?
Robert Farebrother October 28, 2012 at 06:54 AM
Well ya know Lauren, there's one in every crowd sometimes 2. Myself I got Benny's, Durfee and and Seabra in a stone's throw from where I am. I'll be reading Lincoln team of rivals on the ereader.
Scott Oakland October 28, 2012 at 12:32 PM
What PC401 is forgetting is that this particular storm has no precedent, other than the Perfect Storm from 91, and that stayed out to sea for the most part. So this is a different animal, so quite naturally there is skepticism. I would prepare as if it is a Cat 2 or 3, as the energy in this system (<950MB) is incredibly high for a northeast hurricane. If anything, I think the fact that there are no hurricane watches or warnings is a bad idea as it does not underscore the seriousness. Check out Fred Campagna's website at rightweather.com.
Gary Morse October 28, 2012 at 12:56 PM
I just saw someone lifting their dock's float into its winter "tied up" storage position. THIS IS A VERY BAD IDEA in advance of a storm. As the tides are coming in higher during the storm, the waves will also be high. This rocks the "tied up" dock up and down as the tide is rising with the strong possibility for those lines or chains to snap as the tied up float rocks with the waves. If it breaks one or two of the four lines, you can damage the float and the ramp to the float (very expensive). Let it ride out the storm. You have a high tide tomorrow at around 8 am to let it down again.
Aaron October 28, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Good to see there are still good people in the world!!!!!
Lloyd Bennington October 28, 2012 at 08:11 PM
How many times are you going to write the same useless unhelpful load of crap. You are telling people not to be prepared?? I bet you're a hell of a father.
PC401 October 28, 2012 at 08:13 PM
If you need to be told to prepare you're a fail.
Stephen Greenwell (Editor) October 28, 2012 at 09:03 PM
I've deleted a comment for being off-topic. Please try to keep the discussion centered on the storm prep and response - You'll still have plenty of time to talk politics at a future date, I'm sure.
Joe Sousa. October 28, 2012 at 09:59 PM
I restocked the pantry with can goods water and toiletries . Fresh fuel for the Generator. Thinking beyond this event to the next. Be it a hurricane, blizzard,or man made disaster it only makes sense to be prepared. I also put a little extra away for people like PC401 who don't have the good sense to prepare.
PC401 October 28, 2012 at 10:03 PM
I'm always prepared. I don't make life miserable for others by waiting until last minute.
John ("Anything But Sue") October 28, 2012 at 10:48 PM
We're taking a Shower tonight. You never know. BTW: We HAVE a generator. NOT Big but we have one.
OldTownie October 28, 2012 at 10:53 PM
No PC You make others miserable with your childish statements.
John ("Anything But Sue") October 28, 2012 at 11:08 PM
BTW: I lived in Island Park 30+ years ago. Went through a huricane and the blizzard of '78. . We evacuated up to the Founders Brook Motel for the hurricane. We stayed for the Blizzard. Moved out 30 days later. Now we live at 220 feet above Sea Level.
Cape Crusader II October 28, 2012 at 11:25 PM
I just love when people back peddle like PC401, Make up your mind and stick with it.
Stephen Greenwell (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 12:00 AM
I've deleted another comment for being off-topic and about politics. If you want to comment about that, please do so on a more appropriate article.
Samantha Turner (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Please folks, stay on topic. We'd like to spend our time providing you with the latest news and information on this hurricane and how it will impact our area. Having to police the comments on these articles takes time away from such measures. Thanks! - Samantha Turner, North Kingstown Patch Editor
Russell Archambault October 29, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Should I leave all my windows open, so my house doesnt blow over? or will my roof blow off?
Cassy October 29, 2012 at 04:34 AM
how do you find out how high you are above sea level?
Joe Bremen October 29, 2012 at 04:53 AM
Cassy if you are serious,Topigraphical Maps at town halls of Library.
Scott Madison October 29, 2012 at 04:56 AM
No. http://www.snopes.com/science/hurricane.asp
Politics Sheriff of NK October 29, 2012 at 04:56 AM
Cassy, go into Google Earth and when you move the mouse over your yard or any area, the height above sea level shows, at the bottom where it says "elev". BUT when I just checked mine, it says my yard is 2' higher than my neighbor when in fact she is about 2-3' lower and I dont think I am quite as high as it says I am, so take that for what its worth. But it should give you an idea.
Scott Madison October 29, 2012 at 05:45 AM
@Cassie - http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090101024133AADQuaI Takes 1 minute.... Use this to look up the latitude and longitude of your address: http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/geocode Then, using the latitude and longitude, use this tool to find the altitude: http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/elevation
English first October 29, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Easy information about Woonie. You can find surrounding town info also http://www.topix.com/information/woonsocket-ri
Nate October 30, 2012 at 02:12 AM
First, don't feed the troll (PC401) poor guy only has one source of attention and if we keep feeding him, he'll keep coming back. Second, all the cynics that I see 'crying' on facebook about how this was overblown, hype, etc. Really? Grow up. You'd be the first people to complain if it was under-reported too. Lastly, I'm not sure why, but I'm finding a lot of people that are complaining about this being hyped feel like they won some sort of prize, like 'AH HAH!!! I've uncovered a mass conspiracy to keep people safe, I knew it!!" Ok, I'm done ranting now... crap, does that make be as bad as one of the hype-sters?
Robert Farebrother October 30, 2012 at 03:33 AM
I agree Old Townie. It's socially responsible to let folks know what to do. Some people don't know. So the media needs to inform those folks, as well as everyone else.
bimbels October 30, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Plenty of RI had damage, much of town is out of power, trees are down. Was it the worst storm to hit Newport? No. But other parts of RI have plenty of damage and I think we got off lucky. Count your blessings.
Dave October 30, 2012 at 10:49 AM
Nah Nate, it just makes you as annoyed at the carping negative tone of the conspiracy theorists as the rest of us. No worries.
Stephen Greenwell (Editor) October 30, 2012 at 04:13 PM
I've deleted a comment from PC401. Frankly, I don't really care if you think the whole storm coverage was overblown - You can wait a couple days to chat about it. Right now, there are people and businesses in South County that have lost everything even though they prepared. To paraphrase an old analogy, let's not dance on the grave here.
Joe Bremen October 30, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Feel real Bad for the owner of the Wharf Tavern; lot of damage there. But have to give the guy kudo's for still carrying on yet again after he lost the Gristmill to the fire. Talk about an optimistic guy. He is a real small business owner who takes care of his employee's and lets nothing get him down or make him give up. Again Kudo's guy, a real American businessman. ;-}

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