And they have good reason. The dynamics of the storm system are evolving like a scene from the book/movie. The hurricane, it's intensity driven by the warm waters of the lower latitudes, will maintain that intensity even in the colder northern waters as it transforms to an extratropical storm that is driven by temperature differentials in the atmosphere. It will be sucked inland by an approaching wintry system coming from the west, and with which it will collide. At the same time, frigid air falling from Canada will join the mix and further intensify the storm. Even now, the satellite photos are scary.
The dark cherry on top comes from the fact that we have a full moon now, meaning the tides are at their full height. This will increase the storm surges which are predicted to be from eight to ten feet along the coast of Rhode Island. Block Island must be all but abandoned right now (see my journal entry for 28-Aug-2011 Time in New England).
So it looks like this storm will be bad, with officials estimating damages in the billions of dollars, but I don't believe this will the climate-changing event. It could be another significant step in that direction, though. Articles in the world press (but not the US mainstream press) support this idea along with the majority of climate scientists. I'll note a few of them, with Internet links, in the newsletter I'll be launching in a few weeks.
The world I describe in Dentville: The Ancients' Legacy is a result of the superstorm scenario. In this scenario, the superstorm is a worldwide killer of civilization. It dissipates the energy built from centuries of global warming and leaves the earth in an ice age. The surviving humans cluster around the earth's middle latitudes.
While I don't expect the next ice age to start this coming week, it will be rough for our friends, Rocko and Stephanie, in Rhode Island. Hunker down, guys, with enough food, water, firewood and firewater, to get you through the storm.
And let us know you're all right when it's all over.
See this article on weather.com.