There won't be any flooding or evacuations, but Hurricane Sandy's reach will have a big impact on Michigan weather this week.
The storm system—expected to be one of the largest and most destructive in history—has resulted in evacuations and state of emergency declarations across the east coast, as well as the closure of public transportation in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia.
According to the National Weather Service, Sandy is anticipated to make landfall on the New Jersey coast Monday night. As it moves west, the system will bring high winds, colder weather and rain to the Midwest.
The effects will be felt throughout southern Michigan. A wind advisory and lakeshore flood warning has been issued from noon Monday to 5 p.m. Tuesday, with wind gusts up to 50 mph expected.
These strong winds will continue through the night and into Tuesday afternoon, making driving difficult, especially on east-west roads. The National Weather Service warns that small tree branches may be blown down, which could lead to sporadic power outages.
Bryan Tulley, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in White Lake, told MLive that Sunday's high winds were the first signs of Sandy in Michigan.
“The wind from the system, it’s a pretty expansive reach of strong winds,” he said.
Rain is expected in southeast Michigan throughout Monday and into Tuesday, accompanied by highs of 45 and 46 degrees, respectively.
The inclimate weather is possible heading into Halloween on Wednesday, too, when cold temperatures and rain could put a damper on trick-or-treating for Michigan kids.
Stay with Patch for more information on Hurricane Sandy as it develops.