In plain terms, there will be no "dodging" of anywhere in the northeast from Sandy. This is massive cyclone.
In simple terms, long-duration sustained brisk winds with locally damaging gusts are likely to be experienced just about everywhere east of the Mississippi for at least 2-3 days.
The Great Lakes will likely experience sustained very strong winds with gusts over hurricane force - possibly lasting over 30 hours, nonstop, creating incredible, possibly historic waves and surge.
The Appalachians will likely experience sustained very strong winds with some localized gusts above 100MPH (particularly mountain tops and in any terrain that creates a wind tunnel). This may last for at least 30 hours, nonstop.
East of the Apps, sustained very strong winds with some widespread gusts to at least 75 MPH are likely. This may also last for at least 30 hours, nonstop.
In addition to this phenomenal wind event, Sandy will generate moderate to locally heavy rains over basically the entire northeastern part of the country, with moderate to heavy snow over about the 2,000 elevation in the Apps.
Along the coast from about New Jersey to about Main, the potential exists for record-setting storm surge.
In a nutshell, Sandy is currently expected to set all kinds of records, and is a particularly dangerous system.
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