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Lakeshore Flood Watch

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The National Weather Service has issued a Lakeshore Flood Watch for all of Lake Erie's southern coast for Monday afternoon through Tuesday evening. Storm force winds will cause water levels to rise on the south shore of Lake Erie which could result in flooding for many bays and inlets. Along with the extra water, waves will be dangerously high reaching 16 feet over the open water. The combination of the flood water and powerful waves will likely lead to extensive erosion along the shoreline.

This is all a part of the Superstorm that is expected to ignite late Monday due to Hurricane Sandy combining with an upper level storm and an arctic cold front. This will lead to extreme winds in northwest Ohio. Wind gusts of 50 mph will be common overnight Monday into Tuesday morning. Areas along the lakeshore may experience wind gusts of 60 to 65 mph from Port Clinton to Cleveland. Wind gusts over the open water of Lake Erie may top 70 mph and come close to hurricane force in isolated areas.

This is all apart of a powerful and bizarre storm that could bring a high storm surge in New York City, dump 6" of rain in several New England states, and the storm could create a blizzard in the mountains of West Virginia. Two feet of snow and 50 mph winds are possible for elevations above 3,000 feet. Computer models indicate this storm could become one of the strongest extra tropical storms ever recorded based on air pressure.

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