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145 mph Iota still intensifying - catastrophic landfall expected, L.I. wind gust reports & forecast:

After the wild storms last night, it will be a mostly dry week for Long Island and southern New England. The only precipitation will be a few rain or snow showers tomorrow afternoon/evening as a reinforcing shot of cold air arrives. The weekend looks dry and milder with highs mostly in the upper 50's.


Here are some wind gust reports from last night:

Stamford, CT 67 mph

Newark Airport 60 mph

NYC/La Guardia 62 mph

Uniondale 51 mph

Islip Airport 54 mph


Hurricane Iota explosively intensified into a Cat 4 overnight with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph. It should continue to strengthen and could be near Cat 5 intensity when it makes a catastrophic landfall in Nicaragua tonight with 155 mph winds, 20 to 30 inches of rain, and a storm surge up to 15 feet!

From the NHC: "Iota is expected to remain in environmental conditions characterized by near-zero vertical wind shear, SSTs near 29 deg C, and a moist mid-level environment. The combination of these factors plus the relatively small radius of maximum winds (RMW) of about 10 n mi, argues for continued rapid strengthening right up until landfall occurs, and Iota could be near Category 5 strength at that time."


LONG ISLAND FORECAST:

Today (Monday): Mostly sunny and windy with highs around 50 degrees. Wind gusts up to 25 mph from the west.

Tomorrow (Tuesday): Partly to mostly cloudy at times with a 30% chance of some passing showers. Becoming windy in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 40's. A passing snow shower is possible in the evening. Wind gusts up to 25 mph in the afternoon and evening from the northwest.  

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, windy, and cold with highs only around 40 degrees. Wind gusts up to 25 mph from the northwest.

Thursday: Partly cloudy with highs in the upper 40's.

Friday: Mostly sunny with highs in the upper 50's.

Saturday: Mostly sunny with highs in the upper 50's.

Sunday: Partly cloudy with highs in the upper 50's.


- 1st image: Hurricane Iota

- 2nd image: Key messages for Hurricane Iota from the NHC

- 3rd image: Projected snowfall for the next 10 days from the Euro

- 4th image: Projected precipitation for the next 5 days from the Euro

- 5th image: Projected temperatures for Long Island for the next 10 days from the National Weather Service model blend







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