Hurricane Sandy's Winds Will Linger Through Tuesday

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A tree was uprooted at 4 Crimson Drive in Shrewsbury. Photo Credit: Dianne Polito

SHREWSBURY, Mass. - Hurricane Sandy has been re-classified as a post-tropical cyclone but its winds will continue to affect Central Mass. through Tuesday.

Winds will begin to diminish around midnight, according to Shrewsbury weather specialist Jim Arnold, dropping to 15 to 20 mph with possible gusts to 30 or 35 mph.

"Tuesday, winds will continue to be fairly strong with some potential for another burst of stronger gusts, possibly to 40 mph, during the afternoon," Arnold said. "Showers will be prevalent through Tuesday night, but I do not see any flooding conditions developing."

Rainfall in Shrewsbury and surrounding towns was just a bit over an inch, Arnold said.

"Sandy made landfall with an extremely low barometric pressure at her center, reaching as low as 940 mb, which is around 27.75 on your home barometers," Arnold said. "This is a record, surpassing the low pressure found in the 1938 Hurricane, Hurricane Carol in 1954 or any other storm in history north of Washington D.C. She went ashore as a Category 1 storm, with as large a wind envelope as I have ever seen, stretching nearly 1,000 miles across. The devastation from Bridgeport south to Atlantic City and beyond, will be unimaginable in places. 

"We were really very lucky, in spite of the storm effects we did get," he added. "Sandy will go into the record books as a once-in-a-lifetime event, as she surpassed records dating back to when weather records started to be kept, generally in the late 1800s."

Some storm statistics for the Worcester area:

Worcester Airport had gusts in the mid to high 50s, with one reaching 62 mph;

Cuttyhunk Island had a peak gust of 83 mph, Wellfleet had a peak gust of 81 mph and there were numerous reports of gusts between 70 and 75 mph

Westerly, R.I. reported a gust to 86 mph and a high sustained wind of 64 mph.

The Daily Voice, available on computer, tablet and smartphone, will be updating with the latest local information throughout the storm. Have cancellations or storm damage photos? Email jpaluzzi@dailyvoice.com.

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