UPDATE: The National Weather Service has now upgraded to a High Wind Warning, meaning that the high winds forecast for the area are very likely to occur. Sustained winds of 30 – 40 miles per hour with gusts above 60 miles per hour are forecast, with strongest winds likely near the Lake Ontario Shoreline.
The National Weather Service has begun to warn that the remnants of Hurricane Sandy may bring very high winds to Oswego County starting midday Monday.
A high wind watch issued Saturday night predicts that winds of 35 – 45 miles per hour will arrive Monday afternoon. Gusts could reach 65 miles per hour — strong enough to take down trees and power lines.
Forecasters warn that the wind will come from an unusual direction — the north and northeast — and that could add to the destruction as tree root systems are designed to withstand winds from the southwest.
The weather service says that if the current high wind watch is upgraded to a warning, people should stay indoors and away from windows.
Sandy is expected to slow down and degrade from a hurricane to a tropical storm as she moves inland somewhere in the area of the Delaware/Maryland shore. An unusually severe low pressure system will merge with the storm, however, and strengthen its effects.
Early predictions of extremely heavy rains are changing to forecasts of rains of 1 to 2 inches, which could cause minor problems. However, the storm’s track is not completely predictable and estimates could change as time goes on.