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The worst of Hurricane Sandy will miss Michigan but we will feel its tailwinds


SILVER SPRING, MD (WKZO) -- The winds from Hurricane Sandy have already started to whip the east coast and they will whip up breezes in west Mchigan, too.  Forecasters are saying that Hurricane Sandy may be a 100-year storm, meaning higher storm surges, higher winds, and more damage than they have seen in a century.

40 Red Cross volunteers from Michigan and emergency response units from west Michigan chapters were dispatched this weekend to move in quickly after the storm blows through.

450 volunteers from around the nation and 120 E.R.V.s from eastern states are being positioned in six staging areas inland, so they are ready to move in once the storm has passed through.  Volunteers will be deployed for at least three weeks.

One reason Red Cross volunteers flew to the east coast Saturday and early Sunday is because they may no longer be able to get there from here.  Thousands of flights have already been cancelled at a list of east coast airports, and anytime that happens, schedules could be disrupted nationwide.  Amtrak schedules between east coast cities are also being cancelled.

Governmental offices in Washington D.C. are closing for the day. Schools, subways and buses and the Stock Market are all shut down in New York.

They called it “FrankenStorm” at first, but that was too cute. Now they are calling it a “Super Storm” and telling everyone on the east coast to just Hunker down at home and ride out “Sandy”. Hundreds of thousands have been evacuated from areas that could be inundated by storm surges.

They have been stocking up for days, with memories of Hurricane Irene fresh in their minds from last year. Many are preparing to be without power for days.

Irene took out 6-million homes and businesses. Some predict this storm system could take out power to ten-million homes.

We may not feel the full brunt of Hurricane Sandy in West Michigan but forecasters are saying we will feel the leading edge with sustained winds of 20 to 30 MPH beginning later today and gusts of 40 to 50 on Tuesday. Expect gale warnings on Lake Michigan, and they say there could be waves of 20 to 30 feet or more battering the southern shore of the lake in extreme northern Indiana.

They say that’s the result of strong north winds pushing water the entire length of the lake to the south, where it will slam into the lakes southern shores, perhaps causing flooding.