Major coastal storm to take shape today/tonight

A significant coastal storm is beginning to ramp up just off of the East Coast of the U.S. this morning with the potential for major impacts for portions of New England by tonight and tomorrow.

While it is not of tropical origins nor does it have the necessary characteristics of a traditional tropical storm, the main surface low that is forming now off of Cape Hatteras, NC will have some sprawling deep thunderstorms (convection) and a huge wind field as the low strengthens over the warm Gulf Stream.

As such, the NHC mentions that there is a brief period of time for this storm to take on subtropical storm characteristics meaning that it is generally more spread out and not as concentrated about the center as a typical fully tropical storm would be.

The bottom line is that our friends in the Northeast and New England are in for a rough day today through tonight.

Coastal flooding, high wind, flooding rain and the risk of widespread power outages will mean that this late-October storm will be one that people remember for a long time.

Fortunately, this is not taking place in the heart of winter because, if it were, we would be looking at a crippling blizzard with millions of people at risk of being without power during a major cold spell. As it is, this storm will be quite impactful and any of our followers/supporters up that way should be aware and prepared for what is coming.

Please feel free to keep me updated on your conditions and if you can, send any pics or video my way and I can share with everyone here and on Twitter & YouTube. You may email me: [email protected] and just remember to take any video while it's in landscape (horizontal) and not portrait ;-)

I'll cover this and more, including the threat of severe weather for portions of the Plains later today, during my video discussion this afternoon.

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