HURRICANE SANDY TO AFFECT PARTS OF THE U.S. EAST COST

At 11 AM EDT Friday, Hurricane SANDY was centered 25 miles north northeast of Great Abaco Island. It was moving towards the north at 6 mph. Peak winds are 80 mph.

The slowing of SANDY means that its movement is adjusting to changes along the east coast of the U.S. The predicted track will bring SANDY to arrive near its closest approach to the Florida east coast around 8 PM Friday when it will be centered about 150 miles east of Palm Beach.

Did you know that Jacksonville and Fernandina Beaches are a little more than 80 miles farther west than Palm Beach?

On Friday night the storm will shift to the northeast because of a low pressure trough associated with a cold front approaching the east U.S. coast. SANDY will move northeastward (farther from Jacksonville) until it interacts with the cold front Sunday night and Monday turning SANDY northward.

The cold air will erode SANDY’s tropical nature Monday night. It will turn to the northwest to the middle Atlantic coast as a post-tropical storm. It’s too early to pinpoint its landfall. It will be somewhere between the Delmarva area to the southern New England coast.

The center of Hurricane SANDY will pass about 350 miles east of Jacksonville on Saturday afternoon. Rough surf, dangerous rip currents and some beach erosion will occur along the beaches from the Carolinas to south Florida. Swimmers are advised to avoid the coastal waters thoughout the weekend. Periods of cloudiness with strong gusty winds will dominate out weather Friday and part of Saturday with a few brief passing showers. Skies should begin clearing With cooler temperatures Sunday after the cold front passes through. Next week should bring the coldest weather of the season to our area with morning temps in the lower 40s and afternoon temperatures barely reaching near 70.

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