The winds are going to be a big factor with Sandy. Therefore, I wanted to give you a break down of the wind and let you know what you can expect.
We are expecting tropical storm force winds which are 39-73 mph, depending upon the track we could see sustained winds at that speed or gusts at that speed during the peak of the storm Monday night into Tuesday.
The higher up in the atmosphere (about 2000-5000 ft) There will be hurricane force winds blowing from 100-120 mph. These winds will be contained to the states north of Maryland like New York. Some high rise buildings could be in jeopardy.
Hurricanes are measured on a scale called the Saffir Simpson Scale. It gives a 1 to 5 rating based on a hurricane's sustained wind speed. This scale estimates potential property damage. Hurricanes reaching Category 3 and higher are considered major hurricanes because of their potential for significant loss of life and damage. A Cat. 1 Hurricane winds are 74- 95 mph, Cat. 2 96-110 mph, Cat. 3 111-130 mph, Cat. 4 131-155 mph and Cat. 5 winds greater than 155 mph.
Tropical storm force winds, and of course hurricane force winds, can take down trees which fall on power lines. This is the reason there will be widespread power outages for several days. The wind event will continue into Wednesday. There won't be tropical storm force winds Wednesday, but it will still be windy enough that power crews will not be able to go out and restore the power.
The first day crews will be able to go out and begin restoring power will likely be Thursday. So, take action now and be prepared for Super Storm Sandy!