National Weather Service Issues Flood Watch, High Wind Advisory
Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland could be affected.
The National Weather Service issued a flood watch and high wind advisory Saturday as the "Frankenstorm" draws closer.
The flood watch is in effect from Monday morning through Tuesday evening for Pennsylvania, West Virginia, east central Ohio and western Maryland.
The high wind watch is effective Monday afternoon through Tuesday.
Potentially heavy rain associated with the interaction of a stalled cold front across the Appalachian Mountains and Hurricane Sandy may cause flooding, the weather service website states.
Areas that get more than 2 inches of rain Monday and Tuesday might flood where drainage is poor or along small streams. If the heavy rain is widespread, larger rivers might be impacted, according to the weather service.
A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.
High Wind Advisory
A high wind watch means there is a potential for sustained winds of at 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or stronger.
Strong gusty winds could bring down trees and power lines. Motorists are warned to use extreme caution, especially when traveling over bridges and overpasses.
"If Hurricane Sandy turns northwestward toward the stalled cold front along the Appalachian Mountains late Monday into Tuesday, high winds may result," the National Weather Service states.
For more on the extended forecast and tips for storm preparation, click here.
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