Sandy Prep: A Storm Holding Big Questions

By Brandi Bailey

October 26, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2012 at 6:24 PM EDT

Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) New York State declares a state of emergency even as Hurricane Sandy's intentions are still unclear.

Forecasters are still watching the track to determine where the storm will head and who it will impact most.

"We're quite sure it will impact the Northeast. The exact track of Sandy is still unsure," said Jessica Rennells, climatologist with the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University.

Experts have determined that locally we will be seeing rain as a result of Hurricane Sandy. How much is another question mark.

Sandy is considered to be a late season hurricane with the season ending in November, making it a different type of storm. It reminds some of the "Perfect Storm in 1991."

"In 1991 it was really a low pressure system off of a front that gained moisture from a hurricane. They are different in those cases," said Rennells.

Typically hurricanes will move Northeast towards the ocean, sparing us the brunt of its strength.

"It is more unusual that she is veering west towards the northeast. It is because she is acting with cold from that is coming across the US," said Rennells.

Sandy is expected to hit landfall as a hurricane, increasing the strength of her effects.

"There is potential for severe weather. For flooding and damaging winds, and power outages. It really depends on her track for severity," said Rennells.

The coming days will determine more concrete answers to the path of Hurricane Sandy.

Higher elevations may experience some snow, but locally rain and winds are the primary concerns.