Even though it is 250 miles off the coast of North Carolina, Hurricane Sandy is sending rain our way in East Tennessee.
This is a massive storm. The latest NOAA advisory says tropical storm winds extend 520 miles out from the center, making the storm more than 1,000 miles across.
The National Weather Service also says that a related "rare meteorological setup" will cause snowfall across the Central and Southern Appalachians starting tomorrow afternoon (advisory), with accumulation of four to eight inches in higher elevations of SW Virginia and NE Tennessee.
CBS reports that officials along the Northeast coastal areas are preparing for torrential rains, high winds and a four to eight foot storm surge that could cause widespread flooding. Evacuations have been ordered along the coasts of Delaware, New Jersey, and Connecticut. New York City has shut down subways and other public transportation and ordered the evacuation of lower Manhattan.
History is being written as an extreme weather event continues to unfold, one which will occupy a place in the annals of weather history as one of the most extraordinary to have affected the United States.
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