Waves May Reach 30 Feet, 21 Feet Near Shore

While the predicted path of Hurricane Sandy appears to favor a landfall along the New Jersey or Maryland coast at this point, heavy surf associated with this large storm will pound south and east-facing beaches on eastern Long Island beginning late Sunday.

Graphics from the United States Naval Observatory Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center now predict offshore wave heights in excess of 30 feet on Sunday afternoon. (Below)

Closer to shore, the National Weather Service marine forecast for Sunday is for northeast wind to 30 knots, with seas of 8 to 11 feet. On Monday, the forecast is for east to southeast wind 3o to 35 knots, with seas of 16 to 21 feet.

High tide Sunday evening at Montauk Point is 7:51 p.m. and on Monday at 8:05 a.m., the latter predicted to be an above-average astronomical tide.