Canada’s foremost weather forecaster says Hurricane Sandy has the potential to be a very damaging storm.  

Environment Canada senior climatologist Dave Phillips says it certainly will cause damage when it comes ashore in New Jersey and New York later today with storm surges expected to peak at three to four metres.  

As for our area, Phillips tells 570′s Gary Doyle Show, winds are the chief concern.
He expects sustained winds of 60 kilometres per hour tonight with gusts to 90.  

He says winds will likely be strongest in the Niagara and Sarnia areas well as closer to water.

He says in terms of rainfall, it will be soggy, with amounts similar to what we received over the weekend – upwards of 30 millimetres.