TROPICAL STORM SANDY A SLOW MOVER

At 8 PM AST Tuesday, Tropical Storm SANDY was centered 225 miles south southwest of Kingston, Jamaica. It was moving towards the north northeast at 8 mph. Peak winds are 50 mph winds.

High pressure to the north has kept Tropical Storm SANDY on a slow track over the central Caribbean to Jamaica, becoming a hurricane as it approaches eastern Cuba Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The mountains of Cuba will weaken it to a tropical storm Thursday before it heads through the Bahama Islands Thursday night and Friday. Central and south Florida will experience heavy surf and rip currents Friday and Saturday. A cold front won’t arrive to the east coast until Sunday; but upper level westerly winds ahead of the front should stear SANDY towards the northeast on a course toward Bermuda over the weekend.

Jacksonville’s moist north northeast winds Saturday will become a drier and lighter on Sunday with the cold front bringing cooler mornings and sunny skies the first of the work week. The Channel 4 weather team and I will keep you posted on the further developments affecting the future course of Tropical Storm SANDY over weekend.

Stay tuned!

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