Tide tables suggest that if Hurricane Sandy keeps on its current path and hits Connecticut during high tide, which heavily increases its potential for damage.
If the water level is high when the storm hits, flooding will be heavier than it would otherwise, and storm surges will be that much more intense. Surges — giant rushes of water pushed inland by a hurricane’s high pressure — are responsible for nearly all of the death and destruction caused by a hurricane, according to the NOAA.
Exactly how high the water will be varies from town to town, but the NOAA specifically names New London, Stamford, Bridgeport and New Haven as moderate flood risks. Check the tide table for more specific information about where the tide will be in your town.
Sandy is expected to hit between late Monday afternoon and Tuesday. Generally speaking, the tides seem to take the following patterns around coastal towns that are either in the Southwest or Southeast of Connecticut.
Southwestern towns — with about 7 feet of water added at high tide.
- Monday: High tide around 11:30 a.m.; Low at 6 p.m.; High at midnight;
- Tuesday: Low tide around 6 a.m.; High at noon; Low at 6:30 p.m.
Southeastern towns — with about 3 feet of water added at high tide.
- Monday: Low tide around 4 p.m.; High at 10 p.m.
- Tuesday: Low at 4 a.m.; High at 10 a.m.; Low at 5 p.m.; High at 10:30 p.m.
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