Indiana to feel windy impact from Hurricane Sandy
Hurricane Sandy is impacting the East Coast, but central Indiana will feel strong winds too.
Highs will reach the upper 40s to around 50 Monday with partly cloudy skies. Winds will pick up as we head into the evening with gusts up to 45mph.
A Wind Advisory goes into effect at 5:00 pm Monday and will last until 8:00 pm Tuesday. Wind gusts up to 50 mph will be possible.
Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall in Southern New Jersey Monday night.
The Coast Guard has rescued 14 members of the crew forced to abandon the tall ship HMS Bounty caught in Hurricane Sandy off the North Carolina Outer Banks.
The Coast Guard is searching for two other crew members. It corrected the total number of crew to 16 from 17.
Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill says 14 people were rescued by two Coast Guard helicopters about 6:30 a.m. Monday.
The survivors were being taken to Air Station Elizabeth City on the North Carolina coast.
The director of the HMS Bounty Organization, Tracie Simonin, said that the tall ship left Connecticut last week for St. Petersburg, Fla. She said the crew had been in constant contact with the National Hurricane Center and tried to go around the storm.
The storm could lead to waves as high as 33 feet on parts of Lake Michigan and dangerous conditions on other Great Lakes.
The National Weather Service has issued Great Lakes gale and storm warnings in effect through Wednesday. It says waves on Lake Michigan could be 10 to 18 feet by Monday afternoon, then build to 20 to 33 feet on Tuesday before subsiding. Waves on parts of Lake Superior and Lake Huron could top 20 feet.
Dangerous conditions are expected along piers and breakwalls in areas including southwestern Michigan. Snow linked to the storm could fall in parts of Michigan.
The storm lashed barrier islands off North Carolina and rendered several homes and businesses nearly inaccessible. About 90 miles off the coast, a tall ship carrying 17 people was in distress; the Coast Guard was monitoring.
The number of power outages has increased quickly in a state where utilities' response to past weather-related failures has become a political issue. Connecticut Light & Power says hundreds of customers are without power. Gov. Dannel Malloy has asked a task force to ensure fuel suppliers are fully stocked. Many residents along Long Island Sound heeded warnings and evacuated.
Sandy is now a full blown category one hurricane and making its way to the east coast.
In Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, surges of up to ten feet pounded the shore Monday morning, tossing rocks and shells onto the boardwalk. Fences along the dunes have been blown down by crashing waves and wind gusts up to 45 miles an hour.
Gov. Jack Markell issued a mandatory evacuation order for 50,000 coastal residents Sunday night. Down the coast in Dewey Beach, record-breaking tides are expected. Homes are boarded up and most residents have evacuated.
Delaware Route One is closed in both directions because of water on the road - the result of a dune breach. By 7:30 Monday morning, waves as high as 53 feet were reported. High tide is expected at one o'clock Monday afternoon when sustained winds of 50 miles an hour are expected.
Seven shelters are open through out the state.
Snow is expected in mountainous areas.
Officials predict coastal flooding and beach erosion, and utility crews have been brought in from Canada to handle anticipated power failures.
Baltimore is opening six shelters; several city intersections are closed because of flooding threats. Early voting, which began Saturday and was to run through Thursday, was canceled for Monday.
Utilities have brought in crews from as far away as Texas and the Midwest to cope with anticipated power failures. Most schools and colleges have canceled classes. The Boston transit authority says it will continue to operate as long it remains safe.
Gov. John Lynch has put 100 National Guard soldiers on active duty to help with preparations. Two shelters are being set up, and some schools have closed.
Sandy's center is expected to make landfall in New Jersey late Monday. By daybreak, thousands of homes and businesses were without electricity. Thousands of people evacuated low-lying areas, and many inland towns hit by flooding from storm Irene last year issued evacuation orders.
Many residents left low-lying flood evacuation zones, and the subway system shut down Sunday night. A storm surge of 11 feet is possible, the highest of all coastal areas being hit by Sandy. The New York Stock Exchange and other U.S. financial markets shut down for at least the day. Thousands of flights were canceled at the city's major airports.
Residents of low-lying areas and along Lake Erie were told to watch for flooding; utilities are anticipating high winds that could blow down trees and poles. Snow is forecast in some areas.
Many schools closed. Philadelphia has shut down its mass transit system, and hundreds of flights were canceled at the city's airport. Dozens of people took shelter at evacuation centers. Thousands of members of the National Guard have been told to be ready for deployment.
Several communities have ordered mandatory evacuations and many schools closed for the day. Big waves are expected to cause flooding along Narragansett Bay, which bisects the state. Authorities told people to be prepared for long periods without power.
Snow is expected in higher elevations, where a freeze warning has been issued. High winds are expected in many areas.
Sandy's rage is already being felt in Virginia where rough seas have started pounding this pier in Virginia Beach.
The category one storm has top sustained winds of 85 miles per hour and is moving north-northwest at 20 miles per hour. Hurricane force winds extend up to 175 miles from the storm's center.
Sandy is also on track to collide with a winter storm moving in from the west and cold air blowing down from the Arctic.
Gov. Peter Shumlin has declared a state of emergency to provide access to National Guard troops in a state still recovering from the devastating effects of the remnants of Hurricane Irene. Culverts and storm drainage basins in some spots have been cleared of debris.
The capital area's transit system shut down rail service for the first time since 2003, and the Smithsonian Institution closed for the day.
As much as 2 to 3 feet of snow was forecast in mountainous areas, and flooding was possible in some areas. Several shelters were put on standby, and power crews were mobilized to handle potential failures.
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