Biggest threat from Frankenstorm: Too much water

October 28th, 2012 by Seth Borenstein in Earth / Earth Sciences
A car goes through the high water as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the East Coast, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Ocean City, Md. Governors from North Carolina, where steady rains were whipped by gusting winds Saturday night, to Connecticut declared states of emergency. Delaware ordered mandatory evacuations for coastal communities by 8 p.m. Sunday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


A car goes through the high water as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the East Coast, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Ocean City, Md. Governors from North Carolina, where steady rains were whipped by gusting winds Saturday night, to Connecticut declared states of emergency. Delaware ordered mandatory evacuations for coastal communities by 8 p.m. Sunday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(AP)—Meteorologists and disaster experts say water is what worries them most with the upcoming monster storm, spawning from Hurricane Sandy.

They said Sunday that water threatens the most lives and is likely to cause substantial property damage. They fear storm surge amped by waves and the . Up to a foot of should trigger inland and flash flooding.

National Hurricane Center Director Rick Knabb says the storm's size means some coastal parts of New York and New Jersey can see water rise up to 11 feet above ground from surge and . The rest of the coast north of Virginia can see up to 8 feet of surge. New York will close its subways starting Sunday evening.

He says millions of people may be harmed by inland flooding.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

"Biggest threat from Frankenstorm: Too much water." October 28th, 2012. http://phys.org/news/2012-10-biggest-threat-frankenstorm.html