While the worst is over along the Atlantic coast, the storm could yet drop another foot of rain in isolated pockets. On Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, waves could get as tall as 35 feet. The storm’s powerful churn is creating blizzard conditions along its western flank, as cold, wet air is being drawn down into West Virginia, southwest Virginia, and Tennessee.
Meterologists are warning residents of New England that they could see thunderstorms throughout the day and into the night along the storm’s eastern flank, with a potential for localized flooding.
In the Great Lakes region, Sandy has halted shipping operations, and wave action is building in places like Michigan’s "Thumb Area" near Port Huron. Lake Huron’s low water levels, however, mean that officials aren’t overly concerned about shoreline flooding. In Chicago, officials are warning residetns and bicyclists to stay away from Lakeshore Drive, as massive waves began to crash against the breakwaters.
As Sandy came onto the US mainland in New Jersey on Monday, it caused massive flooding in Atlantic City, N.J., filled New York’s Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel with water, sank a tall ship replica of the HMS Bounty off North Carolina’s Cape Hatteras, and left at least 17 dead.