Good riddance, Sandy. The killer storm that ravaged the Northeast is finally weakening and is forecast to move into Canada today. Sandy's winds dropped below hurricane force very early Tuesday as the storm slowly spun and moved into the interior Northeast and Great Lakes throughout the day, continuing to drop rain throughout the region and heavy snow in the Appalachians.
Although the storm is losing its strength and heading away, the rain that has already fallen from Sandy is still working its way through the Northeast's streams and rivers, so flooding will be a concern over the next few days.
"Based on river gauges, it looks like most of the flooding would be in New Jersey and Pennsylvania," says Rick Knabb, director of the National Hurricane Center.
He says that with more rain expected, flooding also remains possible throughout the rest of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.
Along the Potomac River around Washington, D.C., a coastal flood warning is in effect through Friday.
Heavy, wet snow also continued to fall in the highest elevations of the Appalachians. Almost 3 feet had fallen in some spots in the highest elevations of western Maryland and West Virginia. More was expected to fall today as blizzard warnings remained in place.
Sandy's impacts stretched as far west as the western Great Lakes on Tuesday. Howling winds of up to 50 mph were reported as far away as northern Michigan. Huge waves as high as 20 feet on Lake Michigan battered the Chicago lakefront.
Late Tuesday, the center of what remained of Sandy was located about 50 miles east-northeast of Pittsburgh, according to the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and was moving to the west-northwest at 10 mph.
Now that Sandy is no longer tropical in nature and has transformed into an "extratropical" storm, the National Hurricane Center has stopped issuing advisories on the storm. Although some media outlets refer to it as "Superstorm Sandy," it's officially called a post-tropical cyclone by the prediction center, which is part of the National Weather Service.
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