While the East Coast (and the Gulf?) wait for Sandy's hit, a 7.7 earthquake has hit near the west coast of Canada, in the Queen Charlotte islands. Tsunami warnings have gone up from LA to Oregon and to the Hawaiian islands.
Earlier Saturday, emergency officials urged people along Hawaii's coasts to move to higher ground, and officials in North America downgraded a tsunami warning to an advisory for southern Alaska and British Columbia. They also issued an advisory for areas of northern California and southern Oregon.
A small tsunami was barely noticeable in Craig, Alaska, where the first wave or surge was recorded Saturday night.
The wave or surge was recorded at 4 inches, much smaller than forecast, said Jeremy Zidek, a spokesman for the Alaska Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. ...LATimes
While tracking models showed the center of Hurricane Sandy likely to make landfall late Monday evening or early Tuesday, the director of the National Hurricane Center, Rick Knabb, said that the weather was expected to worsen well before then, with high winds and heavy rains starting to batter the region as early as Sunday night. The exact path of the storm was unclear, complicating preparation efforts. Federal officials, in a briefing with reporters on Saturday afternoon, could not say for certain where the impact would be the worst — only that it would be major. More than 60,000 National Guard troops in nine states were ready to assist the local authorities. ...NYT
Well, at least there's some good news about Sandy. It could wipe out Washington, DC.
Confidence is now high that the monstrous and menacing Hurricane Sandy will bring serious to severe wind and rain to the Washington, D.C. metro region.
At this point there are essentially two scenarios for the area: a worst case scenario (less likely) and a very bad scenario (more likely) - but the differences between the scenarios are not significant for most of us. ...WaPo