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Sandy now a hurricane, heading north

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Posted at 11:15 AM, Oct 24, 2012
and last updated 2012-10-24 14:03:30-04

Sandy is expected to make landfall later today in eastern Jamaica as a category 1 hurricane. Watch NewsChannel 3 First at Four to find out Sandy’s track.

Hurricane Sandy is centered 65 miles south of Kingston, Jamaica and tracking NNE at 13 mph. 

Sandy will continue tracking generally north across Cuba and the Bahamas through Friday. This system will likely weaken back to a tropical storm Friday and begin to make a northeast turn.

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The timing and degree of this turn will determine the impact on the East Coast.

Based on the current forecast (subject to change) Sandy is not expected to make landfall in the U.S. However, even with a track just off the coast we could still see rain, wind, and coastal flooding.

2 PM EDT, Wed., Oct. 24:

Location: 17.1°N 76.7°W
Moving: NNE at 13 mph
Min pressure: 973 mb
Max sustained: 80 mph