Sandy: Down but not fully out
A satellite image shows the remnants of Superstorm Sandy on Wednesday.
October 31st, 2012
11:29 AM ET

Sandy: Down but not fully out

Superstorm Sandy will go down in history. But the storm itself isn’t “history” yet.

It may no longer be packing a punch, but it is getting some jabs in.

“The combination of the remnants of Sandy and high pressure to the west are still producing strong winds over the Great Lakes and parts of the Northeast,” says CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen. “This will cause some coastal flooding along the Great Lakes.”

The Coast Guard in Milwaukee warned people to stay away from Lake Michigan on Wednesday, with 14- to 18-foot waves expected, according to CNN affiliate WTMJ-TV.

"It's a once in a lifetime to see something like this," Chris Barlow in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, told CNN affiliate WLUK-TV while watching the waves of Lake Michigan.

"This is pretty crazy.  Earlier I saw a big wave go over that little red lighthouse," Theresa Kuczynski told the station.

Sandy’s heavy rains are also causing floodwaters to gush through the Potomac.

And 2 to 4 inches of additional snow is expected in West Virginia, Maryland and southwestern Pennsylvania so travel hazards remain.

Much of Maine is under a flood watch until midafternoon today, though the National Weather Service says large rivers and streams are expected to “remain within their banks.”

Meanwhile, parts of Canada are in for a bit of a wallop.

“The remnants of Sandy, especially the upper-level circulation, will move over eastern Canada and will bring a combination of snow, gusty winds and rainfall to portions of eastern Ontario and Quebec,” said CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller.

The Canadian government has issued warnings for heavy rain, wind and even storm surges.

Still, Sandy is now “just a shell of its former self,” Hennen said.

It “will be talked about for generations” and expect a lot of books about it, he said.

“The sun is even shining this morning in parts of the hardest-hit areas,” Hennen said. “The story now is the devastation left behind.”

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  1. fernace

    A storm does Not have to be a Cat 4-5 to cause widespread damage! Sandy has proved that! I know I keep bringing this up, but a mere tropical storm (Allison) caused a 100 year flood in Houston in '01! It took months for things to go back to normal, due to the incredible rainfall! That's pretty much what Sandy has done! 15 states are involved & perhaps more damage will be caused in the Great Lakes region! As far as climate change, that isn't really the concern, is it? The concern is what the toxicity of polution does to humans & animals! We should clean up our act for our own health's sakes! We can argue the viability of global warming 'til the cows come home, meanwhile allergies, asthama & various other complications increase on a yearly basis! Also, please tell me exactly where a person can live on this planet, where there are No earth/weather related natural disasters, so we can all move there! Any1 know of such a place? I wish speedy recovery to those affected by this storm! Y'all are in my prayers!!

    November 1, 2012 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. anne mutuku

    My comment is from my christian view. These are end times and the bible says such happenings will be there to show that the end is near.(REVELATIONS) .My advice is lets get prepared when such warnings and signs appear. Today is in US, tomorrow Asia, Africa etc. So my fellow brothers and sisters whom we share the same faith,Lets sanctify ourselves so that when Jesus comes he will find us ready to receive him.Lets see things the from the spiritual realm sometimes.

    November 1, 2012 at 5:14 am | Report abuse |
    • BruceB

      Bible thumper kooks. It is Revelation, not Revlations. If you are going to quote from the bible, get it right! The end of the world is nigh. Jeezzzzzzzz....

      November 1, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. Kevin Fleming

    It will likely not be a "once in a lifetime" occurrence. The ocean currents are warmer now, weather patterns are changing. We do not know entirely what to expect, but we do know there will be more hurricanes going up the east coast (clearly).

    November 1, 2012 at 5:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. Slick Willie

    Why haven"t there been any reports about the Atlantic City casinos. I don't see how they could have been left unharmed.

    November 1, 2012 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. len holliday

    Global Warming did not cause Sandy, Andrew, Hugo, Hazel or the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 that killed 6000 people or any other storm for that matter! There is no such thing as Global Warming. Just a lot of crap science or no science at all. We have had these type of storms since the begging of time. They are all cyclical in nature,period. No more ; No Less! We have more $1 million homes on the oceans now. Population building in harms way. When temps. go up, CO2 follows and goes up. When temps. go down, CO2 levels follows and goes down. That is a fact backed up by science. It does not work the other way around. Sunspot activity have been very high for a number of years thus higher temps. thus higher CO2 levels. What is hard about that? Sunspot activity for the next 20 to 40 years are going into the tank. Almost none in about 20 years at what time we will be in a Mini Ice-Age! This trend will start with this Winter of 2012-2013 coming up. Very cold with almost record snow east of the Mississippi this winter. It will get colder and colder each year for the next 20 to 40 years. By then Al Gore will be old and cold. $billions are being spent on Global Warming research something that does not exist while our Country is on the way to hell. I know God must have a sense of humor. God help America for being so stupid. If you don't believe we are stupid then just wait till next Tuesday when Obama will win his second term by a land slide! You heard it here first! Len Holliday firsthandweather.com

    November 1, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
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