Long Island may face some unique weather conditions early next week, as Hurricane Sandy could merge with other weather systems to create a something forecasters are calling “Frankenstorm,” just in time for Halloween.
“As the storm starts to move into the cooler water it’s going to start to lose tropical characteristics but it looks like it may be interacting with more upper atmospheric condition that would allow the storm to still be significant,” National Weather Service meteorologist David Stark said.
“It wouldn’t be in the lines of calling it a hurricane anymore; it would be similar to a Nor’easter,” he said. “It’s almost like a hybrid kind of situation.”
Sandy is currently headed towards the Bahamas as a Category 2 hurricane, but possible tracks have the storm traveling up the Eastern Seaboard and merging with the other system anytime between Sunday night to Tuesday morning. The system has already wrecked havoc on Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba. There have been two fatalities.
How exactly this so-called “perfect storm” will affect the area is still uncertain.
“The basic idea here is if there’s a track further away from the coast, we would see some impact, along the lines of some very minor coastal flooding, some rough seas, and maybe some breezy conditions,” Stark said. “But if the track is much closer to the coast, it could be a significant storm, with strong winds, heavy rain, more significant coastal flooding, but it’s still to early to tell.”
While the storm is set to come around the same time as last year’s first snowstorm and snow has been forecast for other areas of the East Coast, Stark said that snow on LI is very unlikely this time around, and residents will most likely have to watch out for rain, wind and coastal flooding.