Hurricane Sandy pounded Cuba with winds of 110 mph overnight and heads to the Bahamas as some computer models show the Category 2 storm could soak the tri-state with heavy rains and winds Sunday into Tuesday.
Though forecasters say all computer models do not agree on the path of Sandy, it’s becoming apparent that the storm will have at least some effect on our region.
Hurricane warnings are in effect in parts of the Bahamas and a Tropical Storm warning is in effect in Haiti and parts of Florida as the 18th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season barrels toward the coastal United States.

Hurricane force winds extend 25 miles from Sandy’s center and tropical storm force winds extend 140 miles from the center. While Sandy will continue to gradually weaken, the storm will grow in size as it moves north, which means Sandy could affect a large section of land late this weekend or next week.

Forecasters say Sandy will bash Florida Thursday, Thursday night and Friday with tropical storm force winds and heavy rainfall along the eastern coast. The storm is not expected to directly hit the Sunshine State.

At this point, the tri-state area should expect severe coastal flooding, major beach erosion, more than 6 inches of rain and winds of up to 60 mph with locally higher gusts Sunday night into Tuesday.

However, Sandy still could track further to the south or to the north, in which case Washington, D.C. or New England would bear the brunt of the storm.

Source: NBC 4 NY


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