From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Forecast: The Wrath of Sandy: a High Wind Warning & a Flood Watch

October 28, 2012 - 12:36 PM
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Sandy draws ever closer with showers likely later today, higher winds and a high near 60.  The storm's main impact will hit tomorrow with very high winds and heavy rain.

This Afternoon: Cloudy, Windy, Showers Likely

Highs: 58-62 | Rain: 80% Chance

Tonight: Rain, Heavy at Times, Windy

Lows: 45-50 | Rain: 1"-2"

Monday: Heavy Rain & High Winds

Highs: 50-55 | Wind: NE 30-35/G 60

While the center of Sandy is still 200 miles out to sea and paralleling the coast,  there is no comfort in that distance nor any illusions about the storm's impact.  With tropical storm force winds extending out 500 miles, much of the mid-Atlantic will shortly be contending with destructive winds, possible power outages and drenching rains.  Both a High Wind Warning and a Flood Watch are in effect from late tonight through Tuesday morning.  Over that 24 to 36-hour period, the D.C. area can expect 30 to 35 mph winds with gusts to 60 mph and rainfall tallies of three to six inches; those rain totals could be even higher on the Eastern Shore with as much as 10 inches possible.

Today will be one more day to prepare for Sandy's wrath with some light rain, highs near 60 and 15 to 20 mph winds -  all paling in comparison to what is expected later tonight, Monday and Tuesday.   

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