Hurricane Sandy Coming Ashore

Oct 30, 2012

A 2.5 foot storm surge brought modest coastal flooding at high tide in Woods Hole as Hurricane Sandy approached the Jersey Shore Monday morning.
Credit Heather Goldstone / WCAI

Hurricane Sandy. It’s been called Frankenstorm and it’s causing flashbacks to the Perfect Storm of 1991, when a Halloween Nor’Easter absorbed Hurricane Grace and caused millions of dollars in damage. Hurricane Sandy is an enormous category one hurricane – more than one thousand miles in diameter - due to hit the eastern seaboard later today. The Cape, Islands and South Coast are bracing for the worst but hoping for a glancing blow.

Already we’re getting reports of power outages and coastal flooding. The outer Cape and Nantucket could see 5-6 ft storm surges. Coastal erosion and flooding are concerns for the entire region. And, of course, there's the question of whether this is climate change.