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Sandy causes major damage to the East Coast

By Meteorologist Tom Meiners
By tmeiners@wbbjtv.com

The remnants of Hurricane Sandy, as you may well be aware, are continuing to dissipate as the system encounters the cold air filtering in from a high pressure system off to the south and west of West Tennessee. After one more high tide cycle today, the storm surge will continue to recede in coastal areas of the North East and Mid-Atlantic. Still, it's worth noting that even though water levels along the coast have been subsiding, the combination of storm surge and the high tide could still cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters. However, its the snowfall, strong winds, and heavy rain that seem to be persisting and still causing problems for millions of Americans.

According to the National Weather Service, high wind warnings are in effect along the Central to Southern Appalachian Mountains and across portions of the Great Lakes Region. Flood and coastal flood watches, warnings, and advisories are in effect over portions of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states. Blizzard warnings remain in effect in the higher elevations of the Central Appalachians. The remnants of Hurricane Sandy have combined with an upper level low to produce heavy snow and strong winds across the mountainous counties. Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories have been issued for extreme western Maryland and southwestward into East Tennessee, Eastern Kentucky, and Western North Carolina.

It isn't until the weekend that this storm becomes more and more distant from affecting the nation, and even then it will be at that moment that the reparations can begin for what many are calling the costliest natural disaster in U.S. History with some estimates at twenty-billion dollars. Thousands of photos of storm damage poured across our network and through our sources which show the absolutely tremendous impact of this storm. This storm is also being calculated to be the largest hurricane on record to slam into the Northeast, and it's apparent that the damage from this superstorm will reflect that.
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