Transcript: Opening remarks by Dr. Rick Knabb, NOAA’s National Hurricane Center at a Hurricane Sandy press briefing

Transcript of opening remarks by Dr. Rick Knabb, NOAA’s National Hurricane Center, at a Hurricane Sandy press briefing on Oct. 30, 2012:

Good afternoon, everyone. As Administrator Fugate mentioned, we have a post-tropical cyclone centered over Western Pennsylvania right now. Still very large system as it essentially always had been and impacting the U.S.

The coastal impacts are certainly less today than they were last night but the effects are not zero. There’s still some fairly strong winds coming out of the South, along the mid-Atlantic and New England coast lines. And given that, we’re still going to see, especially times of high tide today, perhaps a little bit of minor coastal flooding in the tune of 2 to 3 to 4 foot range in spots, not every, especially focused around times of high tide.

And the wind speeds are not what they were but there’s still some fairly strong winds over a large area, even as far west as Lake Michigan. There’s a little bit of potential for some minor coastal flooding. Maybe southern end of Lake Michigan even. That far west. And then the winds going into even the coast of Maine are fairly breezy but it’s certainly not as widespread damaging type wind but we still could see some power destructions there as a result of the winds we’re getting today.

The center circulation will generally move northward. By about this time tomorrow, the center should be north of eastern Great Lakes and in Canada. But it will take well into tomorrow for all of the weather to clear out of the U.S.

The snowfall continues in the Appalachians, especially in West Virginia. The storm total snowfall could be 2 to 3 feet in some places, and the storm total rainfall could be a foot or maybe a little bit more in some places.

I don’t want anyone to think that the event is anywhere near being over in terms of the weather. It could still have new areas of either flash flooding or river flooding.

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